This gallery consists of a set of experimental drawings done in sketchbooks as well as more regimented drawings executed on archival drawing paper with archival ink.
From the artist:
I set up a system and execute within it. Whatever mistakes that arise within that system are part of the finished piece.
I am a Chicago artist. My aim as an artist is to create beautiful, unique, thought provoking things that could not have been made without me. It's my way of having an impact on the world.
Exhibitions, Projects and Performances
Spring Thing. Greenleaf Art Center. Group show. Ink drawings. May 2019.
Greenleaf Art Center. Group show. Ink drawings. February 2019.
Greenleaf Art Center. Group show. Installation. February 2018.
Built a car-sized picket fence within in a metered parking spot and sawed it down in roughly 2 hours. Part of Park Yourself, a citywide collection of Chicago artists doing artistic performances in parking spaces. September 2006.
Trouble Understanding / Trouble Standing Up. Gallery Northwest, Indiana University Northwest. Solo exhibit of work in various media. 2003.
Through My Western Eyes. Multi-media installation. Chiang Mai Social Installation. Group show featuring the work of artists from the U.S. and Thailand. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2002.
Butterflies and Other Monsters. The University of Chicago's graduating MFA group exhibition. Gallery 312, Chicago. June 2001.
MFA Thesis Exhibition. Two-person show. Primarily video installation in a display of 10 works. Display involved 12 VCR's 8 TV's and 4 projectors running continuously for five days. The University of Chicago's Midway Studios. April 2001.
CAA Midwest Regional Exhibition. An exhibition of work by select MFA students. The University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Space. March 2001.
Dialogue. Painting and performance. A two-week interactive piece which culminated with the the artist sitting in a 44"x44"x24" box mounted on the wall for 17 hours. March 2000.
Snow Angels. Landscape work. Approximately 2,400 snow angels on The University of Chicago campus. January 2000.
Language Exercise. Audience participatory performance. Conceived and directed a performance involving five participants. The Athenaeum Theatre's Curtain Call Club, Chicago. September 1999.
Medici Gallery and Coffee House, Chicago. Paintings. August 1998.
Gold Star Lounge, Chicago. Paintings. June 1998.
Poop Studios, Chicago. Screenprints. January 1997.
Reverb Gallery, Chicago. Screenprints. October 1996.
The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. CAAP Grants to create new work. 2002. 1997.
Publications & Appearances
Bad at Sports Pod Cast. Regular contributor of movie reviews. 2006-2010.
The Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion. Mention for screenprinted work. 2004.
"Iz It Art?" Channel 25 Public Access Chicago. Interview with video work. February 2002.
The University of Chicago Chronicle. Interview with work. March 30, 2000.
Chicago Tribune. Screenprinted work featured. September 20, 1998.
Publications & Appearances
The University of Chicago. MFA, 2001.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. BFA, 1996.
Washington University in St. Louis. BA, Architecture, 1991.
Artist: Mike Benedetto
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