James Benjamin Franklin

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A Case of Notes, 2017, Acrylic, flashe, and epoxy sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap
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Chains of Command 003, 2017, Acrylic, flashe, and epoxy sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap
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Chains of Command 002, 2017, Acrylic, flashe, and epoxy sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap
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Chains of Command 001, 2017, Acrylic, flashe, and epoxy sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap
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Framed in Memory, 2017, Acrylic, flashe, and epoxy sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap
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Currently lives and works in Detroit, MI

Education

2017

MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1999

BFA Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1995

New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY

1994

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Solo Exhibitions

2018

NADA New York, Skylight Clarkson Sq., New York, NY

2017

Suspect Sentence, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI

2013

On the Other Hand, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010

Getting There From Here, KRETS, Malmö, Sweden

2008

Sub-Tippy (North Gallery), Clementine, New York, NY

2007

New Paintings, Mogadishni International Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006

Ignoring the Signs, Clementine, New York, NY

New Paintings (East Gallery), Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA

2004

Plants and Animals, Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA

General Store, Milwaukee, WI

Group Exhibitions

2018

Geometrix, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI

2017

Something Green, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI

2017

Brave New Work, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

2016

Solar Vortex, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

Goulding the Lolly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY, Brian Belott curator

2015

Remains To Be Seen, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

Oysters With Lemon, Ventana244, Brooklyn, NY, Michael Zahn curator

Melted City, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, Jordin Isip and Louie Cordero curators

2014

The Age of Small Things, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY, Chuck Webster curator

2013

Beach Painting Club, silent auction to benefit Smallwater, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, Hosted by Scott and Tyson Reeder, and New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)

Paperazzi 2, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Janet Kurnatowski curator

Draw Gym, 247365 & KnowMoreGames, Brooklyn, NY, Brian Belott curator

Milwaukeeists: 1996-2006, UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI, Nicholas Frank curator

2012

Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, Edward del Rosario and Jordin Isip curators

FAKES, Tomato House, Brooklyn, NY

Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Janet Kurnatowski curator

2011

Coming and Going: Work from the Collection of Peter Kang, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY, Donald Johnson-Montenegro curator

Permanent Collection, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, NY

Interior Loot, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Peter Barrickman curator

Leisureland, Maloney Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Summer Salt, The Proposition, New York, NY, Ingrid Dinter curator

(Darling) You Send Me..., b9 galerie, Vienna, Austria, Julie Ryan curator

Spaghetti and Beachballs, Studio D'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (cat.)

This is Water, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Open Daybook, LACE, Los Angeles, CA, David P. Earle curator

2010

Casheesh Four, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

FIAC Art Fair, Paris, France, Galerie Zürcher

Knock Knock, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, CA

Strategic Abstraction, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Consider The Oyster, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY, Ingrid Dinter curator

Singles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Happily Unhappy, Blanc Compound, Mandaluyong, Philippines, Jordin Isip and Louie Cordero curators

2009

Mutant Anxiety, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Wild Feature II, Galerie Zürcher, Paris, France, Brian Belott curator

Casheesh Two, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Wild Feature, Studio Zürcher, New York, NY, Brian Belott curator

About Face, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, CA, Chris Acuna curator

2008

Presents, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007

In Full Cry, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, LA, Matt Leines and Taylor McKimens curators

Wu-Tang / Googleplex, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York, NY, Darren Bader curator

Phantasmania, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth Dunbar curator (cat.)

Poets on Painters, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, Katie Geha curator (cat.)

Crystal Crunch, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy, Taylor McKimens curator

2006

Go Figure, Mogadishni International Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark

2005

Mystery Meat, Future Prospects Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, Jordin Isip curator

Let The Players Play, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Move #13, Clementine, New York, NY, Rich Jacobs curator

Can't See The Forest, Sixspace, Los Angeles, CA

2004

Under the Influence, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Taste Like Chicken, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Chicago Art Exposition International Invitational, Chicago, IL, Acuna-Hansen

Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL, General Store

Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown's enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY, General Store curator

Fresh Squeezed, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003

Scope, Miami ,FL, Acuna-Hansen

Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Milhaus

Paintingshow, Austrian Art Studio, Chicago, IL

2002

Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Daniel Reich

Milhaus, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL

1999

Factory Reject, Ross Farrell Gallery, Pasadena, CA, Taylor McKimens curator

Raw Seeing: Celebrating a Decade of Alumni Exhibitions 1988-1998, New York Studio School, NY

1998

Ways and Means, Miller Durazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Experimenters, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY, Kenny Schachter curator

1987-1997

A Skowhegan Decade, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

1996

Texas Meets New York: Facing the Millennium, “the song remains the same...”, Arlington Museum of Art, TX, Kenny Schachter curator

1994

10 X 10, Art Initiatives Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011

The Open Daybook: Mark Batty Publisher; Edited by David P. Earle

Spaghetti and Beachballs: Studio D'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, Essay by Max Fierst

2007

Phantasmania: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth Dunbar curator

Poets on Painters: Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, Katie Geha curator (traveling exhibition)

New American Paintings: Principal Juror -Tumelo Mosaka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Pacific Coast Edition, Book #67

Awards

1994

Skowhegan Fellowship