Born in Colorado in 1982, Bradley Benedetti attended Rhode Island School of Design from 2000-2004, and received a BFA in film/animation/video. In 2009, Benedetti started the project SAFARINON, a "multi-species friend-group merger". Through the concept of SAFARINON's platform, each work takes an existential exploration into the personhood of beings interfacing in both the wild and captivity. He currently lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Bradley Benedetti, SAFARINON:interface, video, 2018