Sleepwalking Sheet Music
This painting depicts a fantastical and colorful score for music. The artist’s paintings rely as much on sound as on sight. In this work, as musical notes misbehave and leave their posts, impossible soundscapes and aural hallucinations bubble up for the viewer.
Styer's work conjures mythologies, traditions and legends that might never have existed, yet remain intuitively readable to the viewer. The artist's compositions draw their imagery from a shared unconscious. Styer conceives of his role as both a visual accumulator and a spiritual translator—creating works that combine medieval marginalia, folk textile, commercial ephemera and surrealist vignettes.
Benjamin Styer’s paintings combine medieval marginalia, folk textile, commercial ephemera and surrealist vignettes. As both a visual accumulator and a spiritual translator, the artist creates compositions that conjure the intuitive and timeless quality of mythologies and legends. Styer’s work taps into a hive-unconscious to evoke the feeling of lost music, thoughts of thoughts and slippery imagery from half-remembered books.