All of Benjamin's linear arrays become settings for chromatic invention...figure and ground dissolve into pleasurable confusion. If there is a rule at work in these paintings it is, as Benjamin has remarked, to shun no color...[he] takes these hues, burdened as they are with primal references, and makes them back into free colors, live presences...Even today, I can think of no other artist whose paintings exude the joy and pleasure of being an artist with more intensity than Karl Benjamin's.

Dave Hickey