Special Projects

Goats and the Abstract Truth
Specific Project at Kourd Gallery, May 2018

Exhibition installation at Kourd Gallery, May 2018

 

Yannis: 71 x 86 cm, oil on canvas, 2018

 

Sophia: 100 x 100 cm, oil on linen, 2021

 

Olivia: 100 x 100 cm, oil on linen, 2020

 

 

Cassandra: 100 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2017

 

Photos: def image, Manolis Tsafos, studio Vaharidis

 

 

The curator of the exhibition Eleni Varopoulou comments thus on Benforado’s work:

… The goats are aligned, figures with heterogeneous characteristics that produce a sequence of individualities, referencing serial art processes in Pop Art. Most goats appear on strongly coloured surfaces, that stand in the background like pages dominated by pop colours. Every now and then their form emerges from a mysterious background, an atmospheric landscape, a place for fantasy or theatre…

… David Benforado, who has accompanied goats in their everyday life and has come to know some of their secrets, who spent hours with them in their pens or on their feed yard, has made these portraits to restore some of the lost admiration and respect for these special creatures. Through portrait painting, he ennobled the head of the goat as a subject of art, referencing the establishment of the face as the privileged “topos” for the portrayal of humanity in the Renaissance. Benforado’s work opposes the degradation of the animal’s image and its reduction to an object. Portrayed in this manner, the goats ‘speak’ both their everyday truth of goats, as well as the abstract truth they carry…