TAI Modern announces its new exhibition, Erik Benson: Urban Americana. Erik Benson’s new work investigates the physical and psychological infrastructure of the urban environment. Through his unique, collaged acrylic paintings and a new series of watercolors, the artist’s city scapes and urban still lifes create a visual language that communicates the intermingling of “place and placelessness.” Like a twenty-first century flâneur, Benson wanders the city observing street culture, marginal spaces, and discarded objects. From these unexamined fragments, he creates scenes in which public space intersects with individual and cultural interventions. In Braintree (seer/thinker),a cold, International Style high rise is set against a graffitied concrete wall in the foreground. Plastered with drawings and spray painted with neon colors, the wall injects personal identity into an atmosphere

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