New York

Benjamin Edwards

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

Benjamin Edwards works in the tradition of Piranesi, Etienne-Louis Boullée, and Archigram, creating two-dimensional images of fantasy architecture. But instead of prisons or space pods, Edwards’s touchstones are exurban subdivisions, the corporate landscape of big-box stores, surveillance, and— most significant—the computer.

Two walls of eight-inch-square digital inkjet prints on canvas arranged in grids greeted viewers at the entrance to Edwards’s recent show at Greenberg Van Doren. One featured sixty examples from the 2004 series “Anti-Icon,” which reworks the logos of large companies (Target, Microsoft, AT&T, E*TRADE, BP), turning them into abstract graphics. The forty images from the 2004 series “Multigraph” use graphic elements like the Nickelodeon “splat,” Hewlett-Packard’s symmetrical cross, and pull-down menus from computer interfaces to create bright, whimsical compositions.


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