Paul Stephen Benjamin

Paul Stephen Benjamin makes nuanced works about the color black as a way to investigate “blackness.” He sees the color black as a portal to many things; not just race. He received the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and his work was recently included in the exhibition “Coloring” at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, where he had a studio for 5 years. Carl Rojas visited him there, shortly before he moved his studio, to discuss the evolution of his work, the palpability of blackness, life in Chicago and Atlanta, and what’s in store for him this year, including a show at Georgia Perimeter College this fall.