by Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Thursday 8 April 2010
Pennsylvanian-born folk artist Benjamin Edmiston is an emerging creative force to keep your eye on. His work encompasses multi-media applications, including painting, drawing, and silk-screening.
zeel Tuesday 6 March 2012
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Benjamin Edmiston in his studio at Brooklyn College where he is completing an MA. He is really smart and his work is wonderfully experimental and compelling in its narrative. He is one to watch, and on the cusp of great things it seems. I would quibble with you classifying him as a folk artist as he has been quite extensively trained and educated as a fine artist. His work is very personal and reflects the ‘American story’ from news and pop culture and his own story relating to his thoughts and family history. So we could say his work is in a folk style , and relating to the folk of north america, but is he a Folk artist? by your rationale, any illustrator who references Polish papercuts a la Rob Ryan becomes a folk artist. I wish i could be a folk artist myself, but i have gone too far down the rabbit hole of education and commerce to be one. Unless my ‘folk tradition’ is one of middle class university educated folk. Sorry to nitpick, but i cant help myself. xz PS thanks for putting such great stuff up.
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