Benjamin Spark

Spark explores the information wielding a spray can, and embodies the dynamic fusion of pop culture, graffiti and iconic imagery in each canvas.

Benjamin Spark, a Franco-Belgian artist born in 1969, is a notable figure on the contemporary art scene, bringing his unique visual language to life from Brussels. Spark’s oeuvre is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of pop art and the vibrant world of cartoon characters, enriched with elements from youth subcultures and the commercial mainstream. His artistic journey began after a decisive career switch from the web to the canvas in the 1990s, and is characterized by constant evolution and experimental daring.

After an inspiring period in New York, where Spark absorbed the pulsating energy of the city, he resolutely chose the path of painting. His work is now recognized and exhibited around the world, and forms a testimony to his undeniable talent and the resonance of his art. Spark’s canvas is a playground on which he stretches the boundaries of the comic book universe with virtuosity and a keen eye for social criticism. He effortlessly combines quotes from grandmasters such as Lichtenstein, Warhol and Basquiat with contemporary pop culture elements, from song lyrics and brand logos to video games and cartoons.

His works are provocative; Spark challenges the viewer by taking iconic characters out of their familiar context, ‘defiling’ them with graffiti, and thereby creating a new order. This process of disintegration and reinterpretation not only turns the traditional world of comics upside down, but also questions the nature of fame, consumption and the role of art in society. Spark’s own story, from a frustrated comic book writer to a renowned artist, reflects his fascination with the narrative potential of images and the power of visual storytelling.

From his studio in a converted brewery in Brussels, Spark continues to push the boundaries of his medium, propelled by an irrepressible urge to fuse the conventions of pop art and graffiti. His influences, ranging from Icelandic postmodernist Erro to iconic New York street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, are clearly visible in his work, which is both a tribute to these masters and an entirely unique interpretation of the complexities of our time.

Vision XR Gallery is proud to present Benjamin Spark as an artist whose work not only embodies the visual splendor of the popular and the profane, but also engages in a profound dialogue with the viewer about the values and confusions of our contemporary world. Spark symbolizes what Daniel Birnbaum describes as ‘painting in the extended field,’ with his prolific body of work echoing the hybrid spaces and composite novelties of the information age.

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Friday, March 1 through 3, 2024