Monthly Archives: October 2012

SILENCE OF THE NIGHT – Cindy Wright at Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

The hyper-realistic paintings by Mark Moore Gallery’s Flemish artist, Cindy Wright, will be presented as part a double exhibition this autumn at Galerie Ron Mandos along side stunning video works by the Israeli video-artist and photographer Dana Levy.


Alhambra, 2012, Cindy Wright, Oil on Linen, 100 x 150 cm. / The Wake, 2011, Dana Levy, HD video, 05.03 min.

SILENCE OF THE NIGHT:  The work of Cindy Wright plays with the tradition of still life painting and themes of ‘Vanitas’. Wright creates her own subject matter, which she photographs with a digital camera. These  images are what she uses in the painting process. The paintings illustrate a reality painted from a photographic reality. Her choice of subject matter (fish in a bowl, withered flowers, general waste) assign a contemporary air to traditional still life painting.

THE FOUNTAIN/ THE WAKE:  Dana Levy explores in her work the relationship between the natural and the unnatural. For her video The Wake she filmed in the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburg, USA. Between the drawers of stuffed butterflies, accurately preserved in authentic wooden cabinets, the viewer sees one-hundred living butterflies. Their interaction creates a special tension in this video. Also on show will be her video The Fountain.

The exhibition will be introduced by art historian Stef van Bellingen (at 17:30 on the opening). Van Bellingen teaches contemporary art at various art institutions in Belgium and the Netherlands. As a curator, he is active in the Netherlands and abroad, where he works with both upcoming talent and established artists.

AMSTERDAM 27.10.12 – 24.11.12

OPENING: SATURDAY 27.10.2012 17:00 -19:00

With an introduction by art historian Stef van Bellingen at 17:30.

Galerie Ron Mandos
Prinsengracht 282
1016 HJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20-320 70 36
Open: Wed to Sat 12 – 6 pm

Cindy Wright – ‘Silence of the Night’, The Moon was too Bright, 2010, 95 x 140 cm, Oil on linnen

MMG artist Ben Weiner’s upcoming solo exhibition, SMUSH, opens November 1 at Benrimon Contemporary in New York

Ben Weiner’s first solo exhibition at the Benrimon Contemporary, on view until December 15, includes paintings, a multi-channel video installation, and sculptural objects.

Ben Weiner - Shrine

Ben Weiner
Shrine, 2012
Oil on canvas, 52 x 78 inches

Engaging in a variety of media, ranging from Weiner’s signature large-scale paintings and time-lapse videos to a series of sculptural objects, SMUSH explores a process-based narrative, adapting medium specificity for the reality television era. The exhibition explores the structure of paint at a microscopic level, unveiling the organic origins of a man-made material.

Weiner bases his paintings on highly magnified views of the paint on his palette. Viewed at a perspective alien to the naked eye, blobs of paint appear as organic terrains and hyperpigmented, trompe l’oeil landscapes. These paintings chart the evolving topography of his palette, with the process creation of one painting generating source imagery for the next.

In addition to the paintings, the exhibit will present new videos and sculptural objects. Weiner’s time-lapse video projections magnify the process by which pigment, linseed oil, varnish, and turpentine are mixed together to make paint, distilling days of footage into several minutes. The resulting videos bring the viewer into a fantastical molten universe, where landscape and material is ever in flux.

For the first time in his career, Weiner will exhibit sculptural objects, crystalline forms grown from the minerals in paint pigment. By dissolving these minerals into solutions and letting them evaporate in molds, Weiner channels the natural processes by which crystals form. The objects meld glamour with the organic, while reassessing the cycle of nature and artificiality.

Ben Weiner was born in 1980 and lives and works in New York City. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, and The Riverside Art Museum. Weiner has had two solo exhibitions with Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, and his works are in the permanent collections of the Sammlung Mondstudio (Germany), Progressive Insurance (Ohio), and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (California). In 2010 Weiner was awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 1
Benrimon Contemporary
514 West 24th Street
New York, New York