Galleria Anna Marra, Rome

Via Sant'Angelo in Pescheria 32, 00186 Rome, Italy

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Benjamin Degen’s artworks interplay elements and conventions of Western and Eastern classical aesthetic traditions as well as American folk art, abstract painting and typography. His paintings are full of vibrant color palettes to convey movement and intricacy of the figures and the scenes he represents. The exhibited paintings depict the celebration of human movement, in a moment of great division. This is also a moment where we are empowered to make a choice: as a species, we can move together toward collective liberation, or move against each other on a path towards self-annihilation.
In Paolo’s Grassino Branco series, the dogs are without eyes, mouth, ears and tail. They have lost their senses. Their strength only comes from the union of the pack. They are guardians, they protect their territory, with their presence, they defend a wall, a border. This work finds its origin in the images and videos of the big exodus of refugees threatened by dictatorships or wars, while the wealthy west protect itself by building up walls, leaving men and women on the other side at their desperate destiny. This is what happens every single day at our boarders.

Benjamin Degen
Blaze’s Foot
2017, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
Benjamin Degen
David’s Foot
2017, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.
Benjamin Degen
Goliath
2017, Oil and spray enamel on linen over panel, 42 x 60 in.
Benjamin Degen
Night Move
2018, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 in.
Benjamin Degen
Old News
2017, Oil and spray enamel on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Paolo Grassiino
Branco
2013, Synthetic sponge on polystyrene and iron, lifesize
Paolo Grassiino
Branco
2013, Synthetic sponge on polystyrene and iron, lifesize
Paolo Grassiino
Branco
Installation view
Paolo Grassiino
Branco
Installation view