The feeling you get while walking up the steps of Bill Powers’ Half Gallery is reminiscent of walking into a classic Upper East side townhouse with great bones. Perched above his wife Cynthia Rowley’s flagship digs, artist Steve DiBenedetto was present for his over the top multi-channel collage opening.
Coining the term “konstructshuns,” the multi-media work is both very intense and diverse — not only material, but subject matter alike — merging the line between playful and dark, with biomorphic shapes and cosmic symbolism. I was lucky enough to catch DiBenedetto mid-drink for a couple quick questions. The show runs January 23rd thru February 25th. Steve’s paintings are also held permanently at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Denver Art Museum.
You have a word for your art, “konstructshuns.” Where does that come from?
It just spontaneously, come to think of it, the idea that it sounded a little cartoonish. Like a sort of wacky, Konstruct-shuns.
Would you say your work is tastefully wacky?
Yeah, but in a dark way.
As a series, do you see this as being complete?
No no, there will be more explorations. Yeah, there are a lot of different perimeters for sure.
We’re in a gallery space right now, but where do you see the future of art when it comes to business? With websites auctioning off fine art.
Galleries, and museums.
Going to keep it old school?
Exactly (laughs). No, but I seriously believe that you should confront things — you need to make pilgrimages. I believe in that format: where you show up, you confront the work, that’s a very good point. I don’t personally subscribe to this (digital) idea.
In this digital age that we live in, it’s difficult for some to interact with people hands on, in person.
Well, there’s a velocity, there’s a way that information is accelerated through technology that’s interesting. I like the way it distorts experience, the idea that is confused with convenience. I don’t like making things easier.