Opening Reception for Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon

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Opening Reception for Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon
January 21, 2016 6:00 PM
January 21, 2016 9:30 PM
212 620 7310 ext. 300
December 23, 2015
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
212 620 7310 ext. 300
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

Please join us for the opening reception for Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon

Organized by Daniel Cooney Fine Art

On view at the Bureau: January 20 — March 20, 2016

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The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and Daniel Cooney Fine Art are very pleased to present New York City artist Benjamin Fredrickson’s solo exhibition at the Bureau’s space in The LGBT Community Center on 13th Street. This exhibition coincides with Fredrickson’s collaborative exhibition with Juan Betancurth at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in Chelsea.

The exhibition, titled Salon, will feature previously unseen Polaroid photographs and new images made with paper negatives. Fredrickson’s early work documents his sexual life and his community of gay men. His new work, while less explicit, unexpectedly offers deep intimacy and beauty among his subjects. Fredrickson relies on his intuition while working with his subjects and achieves an ephemeral quality that is unique to this new work.

Fredrickson himself appears in many of his own images as part of the culture he photographs as his work is highly autobiographical. He photographs other men but he never photographs “the other”, instead he is interested in revealing himself, his humanity and his vision of the world around him. His photographs are loving and honest, brimming with sexual desire. Many of his subjects look directly at the camera, all of them are aware that they are being looked at and gladly present themselves for that purpose.

The consistent theme throughout Fredrickson’s images continues to be a longing for human connection, either by sexual interaction or through the act of photographing and being photographed. He makes himself vulnerable and in turn his subjects reveal themselves for his camera and the viewer’s gaze.

Fredrickson graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2003 and moved to New York City in 2010. He has been included in the Museum of Art and Design’s “New York Makers”, group exhibitions at Darkroom Gallery, La Mama Galleria in addition to collaborations with Visual AIDS. His work has been published in Apartamento, BUTT, Capricious, Dazed and Confused, and Pin-Up. He is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art.


Image: Benjamin Fredrickson, Dog, 10 x 8″. Gelatin silver print.


The Bureau will host a conversation between Benjamin Fredrickson and Hunter O’Hanian, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, on Thursday, February 18, at 7 PM.


Benjamin Fredrickson

Born: 1980 Minneapolis, MN

Lives and Works: New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions:

Benjamin Fredrickson
, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY, January 8 – February 28th, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, NYC Makers: the MAD Biennial, July 1-October 12, 2014
The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont Junction, VT, XY; Masculinity in Photography, July 17- August 10, 2014
La MaMa GalleriaNew York, NY, Ephemera as Evidence – Visual AIDS Exhibition, June 5-29, 2014
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY, All the World’s a Stage, group exhibition with Bear Kirkpatrick and Rachel Stern. April 3-May 22, 2014
Luhrig Augustine Gallery, New York, NY, 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge, January 25-26, 2014
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 15th Annual Postcards from the Edge, January 25-27, 2013
David Louis Fierman ProjectsBrooklyn, NY, His and Hers: Lucas Michael and Benjamin Fredrickson,Two person exhibition of drawings and photographs. October 1-November 15, 2010

Lectures & Performances:

Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Play Smart Together: Artist Talk and Launch, February 20, 2014
Museum of Arts and DesignNew York, NY, Benjamin Fredrickson, Artist, December 2011

Special Projects:

Play Smart IV Trading Cards, Visual AIDS, 2014


BFA, Photography. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2003
Advanced Studies, Photography. Paris College of Art, 2001