These recent works comes out of various painting and graphic histories relating to the imagism of 1960’s Chicago, satirists of the past 20th century such as George Grosz, Robert Crumb, H.C. Westermann and the painting processes and psychological emphasis of painters like Philip Guston, Francis Bacon and more recently Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nichole Eisenmen and Jamian Julianno-Villani.
Additionally, attempting to conflate these sensibilities and traditions with the populist language of American advertisements, cartoons and the contemporary underground or “art” comic scene provide an accessible framework to unpack, depict and confuse our current state of emotional and psychological drama playing out in our culture, fed by scandal and a 24 hour news cycle on a daily basis.
They do not attempt to drive into the bedrock of any political proclivity, but rather, struggle to confuse and depict our current state of mania and cultural instability.
Eben Kling received his BFA from Montserrat Collage of Art in 2009 and his MFA from Umass Amherst in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Humanoids, at Artspace New Haven, and Commotion Potion at Occam Projects in Providence RI, and Negative Event, at Mingo Gallery in Beverly, MA. He is the recipient of the 2014 St. Botolph Club grant for emerging artists, works as a freelance illustrator and is currently a professor of Illustration and Printmaking at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.