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Penelope Anstruther

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Erik Bender’s stark, esoteric paintings depict a realm beyond the visible. His carved surfaces of loose figures and abstracted symbols overlap and align into structural compositions that loom in a cosmic nowhere bathed in moonlight.

At the intersection of drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking, Bender’s practice transmutes material and subject into images with a discreet and mysterious physicality. The work hangs heavy and elegant on the wall like a numinous artifact glimpsed from another world.



Erik Bender is an artist living and working in Oakland, CA. He received a BA in Art Practice from University of California Berkeley and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at various galleries including pt.2 Gallery and Goodmother Gallery in Oakland as well as Tlaloc Studios and Franchise Gallery in Los Angeles. 

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