Many of James Benjamin Franklin’s paintings are irregularly shaped and covered with an unwieldly amount of color and texture. Franklin leaves evidence of his craft for the viewer to discover, seen here in raw fabric edges and thick brushstrokes. The work enthusiastically resides in the overlap of painting, relief, and assemblage, and though it is playful and idiosyncratic, the work is fully aware of the history of abstraction and assemblage in art. In 2017, Franklin graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently lives and works in Detroit.