by Jason Stopa
Todd Bienvenu. Lotto (2014). Image courtesy of Life on Mars Gallery.
Todd Bienvenu’s first solo show in New York entitled, “Borrowing Tomorrow’s Fun” will headline at Life on Mars Gallery this September. The title is a reference to a pre-hangover – drinking on Friday night, stealing the happiness from the hangover of Saturday morning. His latest works are full of raw energy and humor. On-Verge caught up with the painter to find out more. He states “these paintings are a kind of no-holds-barred expressionism. Often irreverent, always personal and painterly, the images that emerge come out of an intuitive process of laying marks down and reacting to what emerges. The subjects include southern themes: bars, babes, rock and roll. I follow each one where it wants to go. If there is a common thread, it wasn’t a conscious decision, but overlapping themes are inevitable.”
Todd Bienvenu. Boys Will Be Boys.
“Borrowing Tomorrow’s Fun”
Sept 5 – Sept 30
Opening Reception: September 5th, 6-9pm
Life on Mars Gallery
56 Bogart St
Todd Bienvenu (b. Little Rock, AR, 1980) received his MFA from the New York Studio School (2007) and his BFA from Louisiana State University (2003). He has shown in numerous New York galleries including Life on Mars, Centotto, Valentine, Novella, Outlet, TIger Strikes Asteroid, Sideshow and Ethan Pettit.