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Benny De Grove
Life is But a Dream
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Nature vs Evolution
Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
35.5" x 24" 

    Nature vs Evolution

    Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
    35.5" x 24"
  • There Can Be Only One God of Seeds
Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
35.5" x 24" 

    There Can Be Only One God of Seeds

    Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
    35.5" x 24"
  • Walking The Animals
Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
35.5" x 24" 

    Walking The Animals

    Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
    35.5" x 24"
  • Where is The Public
Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
35.5" x 24" 

    Where is The Public

    Photograph on Hahnemühle Paper
    35.5" x 24"
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Benny De Grove

BENNY DE GROVE

Life is But a Dream
May 22 – June 12, 2018
Reception: Thursday, May 24, 2018 6-8 PM

Benny De Grove’s gripping photographs are at once whimsical and thought provoking as they straddle the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Working in predominantly photographic prints on Hahnemühle paper, the artist’s photographs exude drama and high contrasts in light and shadow reminiscent of Renaissance masters Rembrandt, Jan van Eyck, and Caravaggio. Equally so, De Grove’s spirited, often symbolic subject matter recalls that of Surrealist artist Rene Magritte and Neo-Impressionist and Expressionist James Ensor.

De Grove’s subjects are often recognizable, whether human, animal, or vegetable. Nonetheless, the artist places his subjects amidst cryptic backgrounds composed of monochrome textures and superimposed images that invite the viewer to ponder the meaning and symbolism within his works. In Where is the Public (2017), a circus ringleader clad in a vibrant blue coat peers through a black and gray marbled curtain that comprises the whole of the exhibition. His expression is at once perplexed and nearly reprehensive, thus forcing the viewer to question the context of his countenance. The artist explains: “Reality gives me basics and my dream world fills in the feeling I want to express… most of my recent work can only exist by a mixture of different pictures brought together into a new reality: the reality of my feelings.”






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