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Friday, 27 October 2023 to Sunday, 29 October 2023

Gallery70 is proud to participate at TRYST Art Fair. This fair  presents a panorama of diverse artistic voices addressing a range of issues from different types of artist groups, with various structures, that exemplify the myriad ways that these initiatives support and grow the art world.

Join us at Booth 55  to celebrate artists Millie Benson (USA) and Jon Kraja (AL) 
Friday October 27th: (preview) 4-6pm
Saturday  and Sunday : October 28th -29th: 12-6pm

Del Amo Crossing,  California 21515 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, California, 90503

About the Planet Paintings:
Millie Benson's tiny planet portrait series offers a luxurious exploration into color theory, process, and performative painting all while traveling through an outer an inner space of swirls, spray paint, fine brushstrokes, stenciled shapes and delicately layered painting techniques. The paint is hung on the organic and repetitive shapes of the universe and the geometric structures which represent the ways in which we measure these organic and unknown things in order to get to know them and understand them better.

About Symphony of Mockery  :
The series of paintings Symphony of  Mockery by Jon Kraja are time lapses of our daily life  where everything and everyone:  beauty, television , show , backstage, carnival, social media, Disney hero, politics , seem engaged in a mocking role.Jamming the images is a futile effort that only empowers  the  fantasies.

The artwork is build by constructing and deconstructing  the image. The brutal spill over of the color  destroys the figure and the original order , provoking  the chaos that delivers the final  image.   Jon Kraja introduces in this series,  a gestural , central black and white,  irregular line “I don’t know  if  it is a frequency  of  energy , a childhood flashback of the jamming image,  as seen in the TV** ,  or  a fragment of  heart  ECG. But I know that it helps me to tell a story in multiple levels ”
Symphony of Mockery depicts moments of the constant and never-ending  mocking human performance , under the lights of  chandeliers, wondering if mockery  has become our only way to communicate .
** during communism in Albania, the government was jamming the signal of international radio and TV channels in order to control all the information.

 

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Artist ( Description ): 

Millie Benson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings and photographs have been shown throughout the United States and internationally. Benson moves fluidly between the mediums and methods of composing photographs, to an embodied painting practice.
Benson periodically curates art shows. She maintains a space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard .
Ms. Benson holds a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland Institute of Art and a master’s degree in fine arts from Hunter College.

Jon Kraja (b.1970) is an Albanian artist, working on  painting, sculpture, installation  and set design. He emerged in the art scene in the 90ies, after the fall of communism in Albania, producing  surprising concepts in  set design and working on gestural large scale abstract and figurative  painting . 
 “I believe art is about one’s heart rather than one’s brain.” says him while asked to define his art .  
 Jon Kraja has exhibited  internationally and in  Albania. He graduated in Art Ma

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Del Amo Crossing,  California 21515 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, California, 90503

Gallery70 , Tirana

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