Ben Tollefson Solo Exhibition
February 21 - March 4
Artist Reception: Friday, February 21
NON-FICTION ART GALLERY
1522 Bull Street,
Savannah, GA 31401
In the exhibition Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain at Non-Fiction, Ben Tollefson presents his thesis work as a painting MFA candidate. The show explores painting as an idiosyncratic constructed reality. Tollefson creates of an immersive world as a response to the simulacra one encounters every day—screens which are nothing more than mediators of data that represent recognizable things that serve as realer than real simulations of experience. With a penchant for vibrant bold color and pattern, Tollefson creates windows into an imagined place, one that is simultaneously beautiful and fake.
About the Artist:
“Through a distortion of bodies and uncertainty of spaces, I ask the viewer to reconsider reality…”
Ben Tollefson, a New Jersey native, lives and works in Savannah, Georgia. After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a fine art degree, he worked for three years in museum education at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. As an MFA candidate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Tollefson has recently been creating paintings concerned with the tension between the real and artificial. He has exhibited in group shows in Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C.