Getting There From Here
James Benjamin Franklin (b. 1972) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Getting There From Here is his first solo exhibition in Sweden and presents a series of acrylic paintings that portrays simple and slightly bizarre scenarios of human existence. The simplicity of the motifs gives the details more space to fold out into free associations. A discrete lock of hair peeks out of a shirtsleeve, a lonely caterpillar navigates across a grassplot next to a daydreaming young man and someone is eating a hot dog. Fleeting moments like these are carefully memorized by Franklin, who captures them with a sensitivity that makes them hard to forget.
Despite the strict graphic imagery, Franklin’s work has a magic and seductive sense over it. The clear and saturated color palette builds up a quiet world that, through its mysteries, invites the beholders to fill in their own stories and interpretations. Rather than being merely representations of what seems to be banal situations, the images offer close insights into questions about identity and environment.