La Folie: Jason Benson & Joel Dean
Triple Base Gallery - 2011


La Folie was an exhibition of collaborative work by artists Jason Benson and Joel Dean. Both formally trained in painting, Benson and Dean have experimented with expanding their practice in working collaboratively to create paintings, sculptures, and site-specific gallery installations.

For the exhibition, La Folie, a French phrase meaning "The Madness", Benson and Dean's practice as painters acts as a point of departure in the creation of the installation. The artists have created a series of sculptures by appropriating the form of a bench as a device through which to experience an exhibition. Simultaneously constructed on the floor and deconstructed on the walls, they are modes of viewing and experiencing as twofold. These sculptures are objects participating in, but disassociated from their original function. La Folie is a rendezvous: a mannered gathering place structured to generate relationships amongst the viewer, the object, and the space.

Jason Benson currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. He received his Bachelors in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Selected exhibitions include Monument 2 Gallery in Chicago, IL; As Is Exhibitions in Oakland, CA; and Scott Projects in Chicago. This is his first exhibition at the Ellipsis Space.

Joel Dean currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. He received his Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Dean also studied at the Ox-Bow School of Art Summer Fellowship Program and the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art Residency. Selected Exhibitions include Sight School in Oakland, CA; Monument 2 Gallery in Chicago, IL; As Is Exhibitions in Oakland, CA; MacArthur B Arthur in Oakland, CA; Extra Extra, Philadelphia, PA; and Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, IL. This is his first exhibition at the Ellipsis Space.