Benton C Bainbridge: highlights of 2018

By December 31, 2018 Artwork, Event, Exhibition

Good riddance, 2018! While dealing with family loss and America’s descent, I found solace in art. Here are my highlights from our low year:

TRIGGERS at Sonic Arcade: Subject to Gesture, Museum of Arts and DesignTRIGGERS at Museum of Arts and Design (installation view)
TRIGGERS at Sonic Arcade, Museum of Arts & Design
TRIGGERS was selected by curator Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe for Sonic Arcade at Museum of Arts & Design, NYC
Benton C Bainbridge: video sculptures at Barcid GalleryBenton C Bainbridge and Jeff Carpenter - Just a Sec (Fragment 4), 2015Benton C Bainbridge: Life-Size Allyssa Jill, 2018 (installation view at North of History)
My 2018 exhibitions with Andrew Freedman Home’s Artist in Residence program included the IV Annual Afh AIR group show and Dakā€™art Biennale in Senegal. The year began and concluded with shows at Gene Kaufmann’s North of History 12-month pop-up gallery.

Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Maman Brigitte (rehearsal view)Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor at Wave Hill, 2018 (installation view)Yelaine Rodriguez with Melanie Gonzalez and Benton C Bainbridge: Maman Brigitte, 2018 (detail)
Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge, my latest collaborative, formed this Fall when Yelaine Rodriguez brought Melanie Gonzalez and myself together to explore the intersection of wearable, performance and media art. We joined Yelaine for her exhibitions portraying the Haitian loa at Wave Hill and Longwood Gallery in the Bronx; since then, our trio has been making video paintings in Singular Editions and time-based works in site-specific installations.

Gryphon Rue with Benton C Bainbridge- Google Portrait, 2018Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor, 2018Benton C Bainbridge: Habeus Corpus, 2018 (details)
Many of us will remember 2018 as the year when Decentralized Art gained global attention, just as cryptocurrencies plummeted from 2017’s heights. I joined the conversations in Jessica Angel’s #ArtProject Decentralized, AOTB and Ethereal Summit and released many solo and collaborative media artworks with decentralized provenance, including Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge: Ezili Dantor presented by Andrew Freedman Home at Miami Art Week, Art | Basel.

Slate Projects presents Rue Bainbridge at Averard Hotel, London (photo: Christoph Trestler, 2018)Slate Projects presents Rue Bainbridge at Averard Hotel (photos: Christoph Trestler)Benton C Bainbridge's Lisa Joy at Averard Hotel (photo: Henri Kisielewski)
Rue Bainbridge performed in NYC and London, including an unforgettable night in the abandoned Averard Hotel. Our duo kicks off 2019 with an audiovisual improvisation for the closing of Calder: Nonspace at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles on January 5. Seating is limited, free tickets here! photos: Christoph Trestler, Henri Kisielewski

Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge in Flux Festival, Barcelona (photo: Juan Naranjo)Barbara Held & Benton C Bainbridge: Tearing Through, 2018 (details comp)Bainbridge / Held: Casiverde, 2018
Flutist / sound artist Barbara Held and I presented Pausa as a multi-channel AV installation and a real-time media performance at l’Auditori Barcelona for Sampler Series. In 2019, Bainbridge Held will contribute a generative video and music artwork to a 9 month long sound art exhibition at MUSAC in Leon, Spain.

One Step BeyondBenton C Bainbridge: One Step Beyond feat. Toro Y MoiOne Step BeyondTom Swirly and Benton C Bainbridge at One Step Beyond
In 2018, American Museum of Natural History concluded the 11th season of One Step Beyond. The series is now on hiatus. As the resident media artist of this late-night monthly event I curated, designed and co-created immersive visuals throughout the Hall of the Universe for all eleven years of #OneStepBeyond. Musical guests included Moby, Kanye West, Kid Sister, A-Trak, Scissor Sisters, Dirty Projectors, Freedom Party, Questlove, Chromeo, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, DJ Khaled, Toro Y Moi, Felix Da Housecat, TOKiMONSTA, and Dan Deacon.

Gryphon Rue with Benton C Bainbridge: Google Portrait, 2018 (detail: Ellie)Benton C Bainbridge & Clebs: Homemade Bread, 2018 (detail)Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge: Holocene Jitterbug [detail], 2018Benton C Bainbridge: Video Portraits at North of History, 2018 (Jennie West)
Bainbridge & collaborators video playlist: select 2018 media art