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Benjamin Britton likes to create paintings that make viewers feel as if they have superpowers. In Desire, broadly, which opens February 6 (reception 7–9 p.m.) and runs through March 2 at Marcia Wood Gallery, the vivid work takes on feelings that might surround pursuit of one’s desires while being wrapped up in the landscape.

The paintings come with cheeky titles: Keep your shirt on (pictured, oil and acrylic on panel), Unsettled fascination on the edge of seasicknessUntil the last smokey glowing and all the way down the long night.

Britton sees painting as a way to “constitute the experience of looking in an ecstatic sense by projecting one’s body into a field of illusion, color and space.”

His work has been seen in group shows at the High Museum of Art and MOCA GA and in two earlier exhibitions at Marcia Wood Gallery.

“More often than not,” says Britton, who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Georgia, “life calls for the senseless wonder of pursuing something as likely to fail so exquisitely as a painting might.” (Photo courtesy of Marcia Wood Gallery)

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