October 9 – November 8, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, October 9, 6:00 – 9:00 PM


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Todd Bienvenu
Wrestlemania, 2015
Oil on canvas
84 by 96 inches

Todd Bienvenu – Exile on Bogart Street

October 9 – November 8, 2015

Opening reception: Friday,October 9, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Life on Mars Gallery is proud to present Todd Bienvenu’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

The show’s title references the Rolling Stones’ masterpiece Exile on Main Street. Bienvenu’s “sex, drugs and rock and roll” imagery has major traction in popular culture – his paintings were featured on the cover of Iron and Wine’s most recent album, and will be on the comedian Aziz Ansari’s show on Netflix. He has received critical acclaim, been in numerous group shows, and generated a tremendous following on social media.

Todd Bienvenu seems to be everywhere at the moment.

In a recent review in Hyperallergic, critic Thomas Micchelli referred to Bienvenu as, “the wild man of Bushwickian figurative Expressionism.” A glimpse into Bienvenu’s studio, though, reveals the rigor of his discipline: brushes cleaned and neatly stacked in coffee cans; oil paints thoughtfully arranged on a large glass painting table. The deliberation of his practice belies this image of a “wild man.” Take a closer look beyond a facile read of his paintings of strippers, wrestlers, boozers and brawlers, and one begins to get what he sees around him . . . and feels.

Painted in the middle of a New York winter, dark blues and greens form the palette of Staying in Bed. Bienvenu’s imagery turns to a man and woman, hunkering down under the covers in bed, together but alone, each involved in their own world of electronic outreach, each searching for a connection elsewhere. Hardly an intimate connection . . .



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