The AP Collection started as a series of long form interviews documenting creative life in Pittsburgh. In 2015, we began the journey to create artwork based on collected conversations. We also started a small series of pop-up art shows called Finder Quigley, to achieve two goals: (1) to hang out with our artist friends more and (2) to connect with burgeoning collectors in the area and introduce them to our amazing friends.
Jeffrey Jarzynka is kinda doing the same thing but with different artists and on a different scale. In the spirit collaboration and growing the art collection scene here in Pittsburgh, we invited him to talk about his upcoming show. Check it out and be amazed by Gavin and the brilliant show they have planned. Make art buying a habit and make plans for Finder Quigley on March 26th.
Opening Reception Saturday, March 5 from 6-9PM.
March 5 - 19, 2016
Gavin Benjamin: Spring Lurks Like Snakes Under Flowers
Presented by Jeffrey Jarzynka
at Artists Image Resource (AIR)
518 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
This body of work is inspired by the timeless nature of vintage clothing, and the ever-changing seasons with the anticipation of the imminent explosion of Spring.
In creating this series Gavin collaborated with his muse, model Kylie Morgan, and Richard Parsakian of Eons Fashion Antique to create a foundation of high-fashion photographs. His process draws various disciplines as he digitally combines his own photography with found images, and hand embellishes the printed piece with collage, paint, varnish, and other materials such as Swarovski crystals - the result of which he refers to as couture art.
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Benjamin currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. Benjamin received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and was drawn to experiment with many mediums such as commercial photography, painting, printmaking, and interior and product design.
An internship with legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman fueled his passion for photography and led him to other opportunities working for photographers Steven Meisel and Kelly Klein. He continued to gain valuable experience as a photo editor for projects for Hachette Filipacchi and Esquire Magazines, Kenneth Cole Productions, Sony Style, Neiman Marcus and Time Life – all of which have seeded his inspiration and creativity for his photo-based art.
His work has appeared at prominent galleries and art fairs both nationally and internationally. His work is represented by galleries in New York, Atlanta, and Paris. Locally he is presented by Jeffrey Jarzynka. Recent exhibitions include Architectural Digest Design Show, ArtHamptons, The LA Art Show, and Scope Miami.
Benjamin’s various fine art works, home accessories and designs have been featured in numerous national and regional publications including: City magazine; Clear Magazine; Interior design magazine (ICFF Picks, Spring Market Tabloid); New Glass Review; Pittsburgh Post Gazette; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; V magazine, and the Washington Post.