On Saturday, April 5th, GRIN will be hosting artist Miika Benedetti as he discusses his work, career and experience as an American artist living and working in Beijing.
"A good jumping off point," Benedetti says, "is that experience is the destroyer of opinions."
The 26 year old artist primarily works with intensive introspection of conceptual ideas and practice, paired with a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques across various media. nocebo/placebo, which marks the Benedetti's return to the States, focuses on the inherent aggression of internet culture: “see but don’t see” exhibitionism, competition and apathetic anonymity (anonymous sex, anonymous violence).
He will begin with a lecture at 5:00pm and answer questions afterwards.
"When I first met Miika and saw his work I was mesmerized by his artistic braveness and honesty. miika's art addresse questions of identity, both personal and social. His paintings are about spirituality, tribal rites and social rules. In the most honest way possible and without any reservations, he places his intimare reality into the center of this art. He confronts himself and the viewer with questions and with a truth that does give answers but raises more questions, questions that perhaps do not require an answer, a truth that has only tobe accepted and needs to evaluation. Miikas work envike in me the literary works of "magical realist" writers like Gabriel Garcia Maraquez or Haruki Murakami. I think of stories in which our mundane world is naturally inyertwined with another reality that is different but equitable to our reality and both are part of a universal truth."
-Martina Ziesse, Curator at ZContemporary