Brad Benedict's Sideshow
Moods for Moderns

A group exhibition curated by Brad Benedict

April 5- 26, 2008
Gallery C2

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Featuring works of art by:
Van Arno
Anthony Ausgang
Bill Barminski
David Brinley
Lou Brooks
David Buckingham
Chris Buzelli
Dave Calver
Colin Christian
Sas Christian
Chris Crites
Daniel Davidson
Britt Ehringer
Ron English
Lori Field
Andrew Foster
Sam Gambino
Gregg Gibbs
Colin Johnson
Nancy Kintisch
Laurie Lipton
Everett Peck
Chris Peters
Judy Ragagli
Billy Reynolds
Joe Rocco
Cassandra Szekely
Brian Taylor
Bob & Val Tillery
Mark Dean Veca
Eric White
Barnaby Whitfield
Nate Williams
Robert Williams

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Curated by Brad Benedict

Sideshow includes works of over 30 diverse artists who share a common attitude, the genesis of which was the "New Pop" of the mid 1980s. That attitude -- over the years described by various names such as Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, New Brow, Underground -- has been the hallmark of a generation seeking to stimulate, to grab attention, and occasionally to shock.

These artists, now as well as then, are eclectic in their techniques, media, styles, influences and ideas. Yet they are linked by their shared faith in the power of highly personal images in an increasingly faceless society. They don't smooth over the rough corners of their subjects, these creators express their unconventional and iconoclastic visions through irony, through turning familiar dimensions of the American Dream inside out or upside down, through brash colors, through exaggeration, and very often through humor. The humor is essential. It keeps self-righteousness and pretentiousness at a minimum, while highlighting the absurdity of so much of what passes as real life.

Writing for Juxtapoz Magazine, CR Stecyk III observed, "The Sideshow is Brad's unique extravaganza, with previous incarnations launching aesthetic revolutions. Sentient beings chart those original exhibitions as being ground zero for much of what is accepted as le culture moderne. Benedict's Sideshow is treatise on the old and true augmenting the forces of the new and bold."

Brad Benedict is founder of the influential Paper Moon Graphics and creator of the retail store, Heaven: The Supermarket of Pop Culture (with a retro luncheonette that offered Robert Rauschenburgers and Claes Oldenburgers on the menu). As Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams put it, "Brad was one of the seminal alternative artists from the 1970's through the1990's. Now is the time to pay proper respect to the man."

Sideshow will be on view at ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY from April 5th – 26th, 2008. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm. Opening reception will take place Saturday, April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm.

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Selected Works:

Chris Crites, Untitled (Korean P.O.W) Acrylic on paper bag, 10 x 9.25 inches

Daniel Davidson, The Election (After W. Hogarth), 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches


Lori Field, Fantastic Voyage, Color pencil drawing on rice paper, thread, encaustic, beeswax on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Lori Field, Blissful Ignorance, Color pencil drawing on rice paper, thread,
encaustic, beeswax on panel, 16 x 12 inches

Laurie Lipton, Death and the Maiden, Pencil on paper,
17 x 13.5 inches

Laurie Lipton, Facelift, Pencil on paper,
21 x 15 3/5 inches

Chris Peters, Life Everlasting, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Left: Judy Ragagli, Garden Party, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 30 inches
Right: Judy Ragagli, Evening Splendour, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 30 inches

Val & Bob Tillery, Smoking Monkey, Mixed media, 5.25 x 7.5 inches

Van Arno, Cormorants With Fish Sustain the fasting Hermit, 2008,
Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches 

Val & Bob Tillery, Round About #1, Mixed media, 6.25 x 4 inches


Mark Dean Veca, UNH!, 2007, Acrylic on panel,
24 x 18 inches

Eric White, Divorce Island, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches


Anthony Ausgang, The Mobius Strip Teas, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 47 inches

David Brinley, Hugh Stout, acrylic on cradled
birch panel, 36 x 24 inches
Lou Brooks, Well, I NEVER!, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Dave Calver, Pecker Problem 2, Colored pencil and
acrylic, 7 x 5 inches

Lou Brooks, Stop, You’re Killin’ Me!,
Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

Dave Calver, Tubby Torture, Colored pencil and
acrylic on board, 5 x 5 inches

Sam Gambino, The Potentate (Lurch), enamel and 23ct gold leaf
on canvas, 18 x 14 inches

Sam Gambino
, The Eye for Style, enamel on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

Nancy Kintisch, The Picnic, Ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches

Nancy Kintisch, L'impegno, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches

Billy Reynolds, Me and My Intestines, Oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches

Everett Peck, Crabcake Redux, Gouache on wood, 11 x 14 inches

Andrew Foster, Snowcaps, Oil on canvas over panel, 10 x 8 inches

Andrew Foster, Candy Ass, Oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches

Colin Johnson, The Great Divide, 2008, Mixed media on
wood, 13.75 x 9.5 inches

Colin Johnson, Spore Addict, 2007, Mixed media on
canvas, 10 x 8 inches

Joe Rocco, Cosanostradamus, Paint on wood, 19 x 17.75 inches

Brian Zick, ooh, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Barnaby Whitfield, Ode to D-I-V-O-R-C-E, 2006,
Pastel on paper, 30 x 22 inches

Gregg Gibbs, Hey Baby, Oil on panel in frame, 11 x 9 inches


At Bergamot Station Arts Center      Santa Monica California