Dad Bod

01.03.19 – 27.04.19

We are pleased to present the second solo exhibition of artist Todd Bienvenu (1980, USA) at the gallery.

In this new series of paintings, we find the spontaneity, humor, and sincerity of his figurative compositions, this time entirely in acrylic. 

The expression “Dad Bod” commonly refers to a male body type characterized by being softly round. It is based on the idea that once a man has reached a certain age, found a partner, and fathered a child, he no longer needs to care about maintaining an athletic physique. Much more than an aesthetic concern, the most recent work by Bienvenu, who is approaching forty himself, instead reflects a certain age-related awareness.

“(…) all my friends have kids and wives, I’ve sobered up. The paintings have always been autobiographical, so now that I’m pushing middle-age, they reflect that. It makes me think of my dad when he was my age, he was a doctor and had 3 kids, I’m still living and indulgent kind of life comparatively.”

Todd Bienvenu’s relationship with his father has given rise to a reflection on his past, which is a source of both nostalgia and solace. Many of the subjects of his paintings spring from the memory of this once-contentious relationship, as well as from the artist's awareness of his upcoming "dad age." The vulnerability of the body thus holds an important place in Bienvenu’s current work. In this respect, subjects such as snowboard and skateboard crashes and then, by extension, bike and car accidents, echo the physical changes related to age and the fragility of a body that is no longer 18 years old.
Formally, these accidents are also a way to deconstruct the image and make it cubist, because the subject itself requires it.
Todd Bienvenu tells us about masculine issues in general, impotence, and the absurdity of sexuality, all with humor and a good childlike spirit.
We also have the pleasure of discovering in this series some fragments of the artist's stays in Geneva; we can observe how his compositions have been inspired by reality while also altering it, like a memory he has reshaped to become a subjective view of a given event or a place.

Nous sommes heureux de présenter la deuxième exposition solo de l’artiste Todd Bienvenu (1980, USA) à la galerie.

On retrouve dans cette nouvelle série de peintures la spontanéité, l’humour et la sincérité de ses compositions figuratives, cette fois-ci entièrement à l’acrylique. 

L’expression anglophone « Dad Bod », que l’on peut traduire par « corps de papa », désigne communément un type de morphologie masculine caractérisée par un léger embonpoint. Elle est basée sur l’idée qu’un homme, dès lors qu’il a atteint un certain âge, trouvé une partenaire et engendré un enfant, n’a plus besoin de se soucier d’entretenir un corps athlétique. Bien plus qu’une préoccupation esthétique, l’œuvre récente de Bienvenu, qui approche lui-même de la quarantaine, traduit plutôt une certaine prise de conscience liée à l’âge.

« (…) tous mes amis ont une femme et des enfants, je deviens plus réaliste. Mes tableaux ont toujours été autobiographiques, alors maintenant que j’approche de la quarantaine, ils reflètent cela. Je pense à mon père quand il avait mon âge, il était médecin et avait trois enfants. En comparaison mon mode de vie est encore très hédoniste. »

La relation de Todd Bienvenu avec son père donne lieu à une réflexion sur son passé empreinte à la fois de nostalgie et de soulagement. Bon nombre de sujets de ses tableaux jaillissent du souvenir de ces rapports autrefois conflictuels, ainsi que de la prise de conscience de la part de l’artiste d’atteindre bientôt « l’âge de papa ». La vulnérabilité du corps tient donc une place importante dans le travail actuel de Bienvenu. A cet égard, les sujets tels que l’accident de snowboard, de skateboard puis, par extension, de vélo et de voiture, font écho aux changements physiques liés à l’âge, à la fragilité d’un corps qui n’a plus 18 ans.
Formellement, ces accidents sont aussi un moyen de déconstruire l’image, de la rendre cubiste parce que le sujet lui-même l’exige.
Todd Bienvenu nous parle des problèmes masculins en général, de l’impuissance et de l’absurdité de la sexualité, et ce avec humour et un esprit bon enfant.
Nous avons aussi le plaisir de découvrir dans cette série quelques fragments des séjours de l’artiste à Genève, et d’observer ainsi comment ses compositions s’inspirent de la réalité tout en l’altérant, comme le souvenir, et en la refaçonnant pour devenir finalement la vision subjective d’un évènement ou d’un lieu donné.

Born in 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lives and works in New York.


Education

2006-07
New York Studio School, Master of Fine Arts Program, New York, NY 

2005     
New York Studio School, Certificate Program, New York, NY
New York Studio School, Summer Scholarship, Orvieto, Italy 

2003     
Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Baton Rouge, LA 



Solo Exhibitions

2020     
Halcyon Days, Almine Rech, Shanghai, China

2019     
Dad Bod, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH

2018     
Slapstick
, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK
Jaywalk, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, FR

2017     
Solo Show Artissima 2017, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Turin, Italy 
Endless Bummer, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY
Water Sports, Yours Mine & Ours Gallery New York, NY

2016     
Dive, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2015     
Exile on Bogart Street, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2014     
Borrowing Tomorrow’s Fun, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 



Group Exhibitions
             
2020     
Portraits & Some Standing Figures
, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, CH
Auguries of Innocence, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

2019     
Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH
I love Paint, curated by Kim Dorland, Patel Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Live Size, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018     
Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards,
American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
New “Bad“ Painting, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Harper's Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Tell Him What We Said About “Paint it Black“, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene, NH
Paint it Black, 1 Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

2017     
Nostalgisms, curated by Nick Benfey, Able Baker Gallery, Portand, ME 
Like, curated by Richard Kern, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Witches And Dudes, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Domestic Tranquility, 0-0, Los Angeles, CA 
SOME(BODY), Adam Baumgold, New York, NY
There is nothing I could say that I haven’t thought before, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY

2016     
Painting in New York
, Leigh Morse Fine Arts, New York, NY
Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland 
Todd Bienvenu, Katherine Bradford, Sarah Faux, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY 
Frieze New York, curated by Katherine Bernhardt, CANADA, New York, NY 
Laughing Out Loud, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Momenta Benefit Auction, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY 
Go Figure!, Louis B. James, New York, NY 
Let’s Walk, Cuevas Tilleard, New York, NY 
Painters NYC, MUPO, Oaxaca, Mexico 
Introspective, BravinLee, New York, NY 
Fort, Ess Eff Eff, Brooklyn, NY 
Nation IV, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
All Tomorrow’s Parties, Hathaway David Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2015     
Painters NYC, Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico
Holiday Salon, Lesley Heller, New York
Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc, Firework Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Let’s Go Away for Awhile, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY
Todd Bienvenu and Clintel Steed, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY 
Summer Invitational, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Mixtape II, M. David Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Paintings in Trees, People’s Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Thrice Legendary, or Forever Thens, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
The Guston Effect, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston MA 
Long Story Short, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Lucky Draw, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY 
AiB Bene t 2015, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY 
Life on Mars Gallery Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
New Work City, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Paperazzi IV, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2014     
Back to the Future II
, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
My Big Fat Painting, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Full House East, Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Full House, David Rich, St Paul, MN
Summer Invitational, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Suggestion, that is the dream: Arshile Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY
Drawn Out, Brooklyn, NY
Legend Anew, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Underdonk Selects, Underdonk, Queens, NY
No Rules, Brooklyn, NY
Mixtape, No. 4 Studio Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
AiB Bene t 2014, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
Spring Bene t, Novella, New York, NY
Sump Pumped Sentiments, curated by Matt Philips, TSA Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 
Paparazzi 3, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Nation II At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2013    
Todd Bienvenu and Gili Levy with Katherine Bradford, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood, NY 
Painting Impossible, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Scale, Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY
Duck, Duck, Rabbit: EJ Hauser, Todd Bienvenu and Kelly McRaven, curated by 
Mike Olin and Joy Curtis, Brooklyn, NY 
Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Triangle Art Bene t, Brooklyn, NY 

2012     
Art=Mixx, New York 
BOS, New York 
Team Varet, New York 
GO Brooklyn, New York

2011     
Northside Brooklyn Arts Festival, New York 

2010     
Nude With a Goose, New York 
Pretty Young Things, New York

2009     
Cinema Back Room, Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY 
Si Ves Algo Di Algo, 345 Eldert, Brooklyn, NY
27 Group Show, Goette Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New York Studio School Alumni Show, juried by Sean Scully, New York, NY 

2008     
BOS, Brooklyn, NY
Art Party 3, Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, NY 

2007     
Thesis Show, New York Studio School, New York
Battling Insanity With a Paintbrush, Gaelle Bertrand and Todd Bienvenu,
New York Studio School Student Gallery, New York
Girls With Guns, New York Studio School Student Gallery, New York 

2003     
Todd Bienvenu, Studio B, Little Rock, AR 



Selected Biography

2017     
DIVE, monograph published by Galerie Sébastien Bertrand and innen, 30 pp. 2017
Hutson Hunter Laura, “A Gifted Painter Fills Canvases With Whatever He Wants, Including Dog Poop“, VICE (July 5, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Two Coast Staff, “On elephant dick: A conversation between Todd Bienvenu and Cynthia Daignault“, Two Coast of Paint (April 18, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Christina Forrer, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week“, The New York Times (April 13, 2017) [ill.] [online] 
Bahn, Jenny. “In the Studio with Todd Bienvenu.” alphasixty (February 8, 2017) [ill.] [online] 

2016     
Neuendorf, Henri. “10 Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar“. Artnet News, (November 21, 2016) [ill.] [online]
Martinique, Elena. “Cuevas Tilleard Welcomes a Group of Diverse Artists Exploring Figurative Art.”WIDEWALLS.ch (March 18, 2016) [ill.] [online]
New American Paintings #122. (February / March)
Burns, Emily. “Q&A with Todd Bienvenu.” Maake Magazine [ill.] [online]

2015     
Keeting, Zachary. “Todd Bienvenu at Life on Mars, Nov 2015.”
Gorky’s Granddaughter (November 21, 2015) [ill.] [online]
Ebony, David. “David Ebony’s Top Ten New York Gallery Shows for October.” Artnet news (October 23, 2015) [ill.] [online]
Micchelli, Thomas. “The Other Side of Portraiture.” Hyperallergic (July 11, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Sutton, Benjamin. “Making Sense of Painting That Tells Snippets of Stories.” Hyperallergic (April 15, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Mylott Manning, Laura. “Interview with Painter Todd Bienvenu.” Artefuse (April 29, 2015) [ill.] [online] 
Rickert, Rachel. “Todd Bienvenu: Alumni Spotlight Interview.” The New York Studio School Blog (October 14, 2015) [ill.] [online]
“Iron & Wine ad Ben Bridwell.” Philadelphia City Paper (June, 2015) [online] 

2014     
Vartanian, Hrag. “Your Concise Guide to 2014 Bushwick Open Studios.” Hyperallergic (May 28,2014) [online]
Munro, Cait. “New York Gallery Beat: Summer Drawing Shows.” Artnet (June 28, 2014) [online] 
“The Best of Brooklyn: The 100 Best and Worst Things to Happen This Year.” The L Magazine (July 30, 2014) [online]
Edmonds, Brian. “A Conversation with Todd Bienvenu.” Figure/Ground (August 1,2014) [online] 
Schwendener, Martha. “Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed Ethos: A Critic’s Picks in Brooklyn, an Embattled Utopia.” The New York Times (April 3,2014) [ill.]
Sutton, Benjamin. “Yes, More Brooklyn Gallerists You Need to Know.” Artnet (March 5,2014) [online]
Samet, Jennifer. “Beer with a Painter: Todd Bienvenu.” Hyperallergic (September 27, 2014) [ill.] [online] 

2013     
Kirsch, Corrina. “Week One: Overrated, Underrated Exhibitions.” Art F City (Nov. 5, 2013) [ill.] [online] 
Egan, H.P. “Bushwick Open Studios 2013.” Art Observed (June 6, 2013) [ill.][online]
D’Agostino, Paul. “Brooklyn Art in 2013: What to Watch.” The L Magazine (January 2, 2013) [online] 
Mair, Moray. “Todd Bienvenu’s Paintings Are of A Dirty Voodoo World.” Mutantspace (September 30,2013) [ill.] [online]

2012     
Butler, Sharon. “Brooklyn Museum Go: Bushwick short list.” Two Coats of Paint (Aug.21, 2012) [ill.] [online] 

2011     
Vartanian, Hrag. “A Hot and Colorful Day on the Northside.” Hyperallergic (June 23, 2011) [ill.] [online] 
Sutton, Benjamin. “Northside Photos: India Street Arts Festival and Day Two of Northside Open Studios.” The L Magazine (June 20, 2011) [ill.] [online]