Ben Charles Weiner “Looks” Preview Begins Today

Mark Moore Fine Art presents Ben Charles Weiner: Looks, featuring four new paintings and four earlier works that serve as precedents, this exclusive ARTSY online exhibition illuminates the artist’s ongoing fascination with the dual motifs of pearls and hair gel. Weiner’s respective depictions of these subjects- both in isolation and together in tableaux–pair a motif from classical Western painting with a synthetic beauty product–to address tension between the rapid technological innovation of our time and the persistent fact of our mortality.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Tyrian Pearls III, 2017
Oil on prepared paper
26 × 40 in / 66 × 101.6 cm

This exhibition opens December 8th to the public is available now to preview at the following special link below:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-ben-charles-weiner-looks

Weiner’s paintiings of pearls invoke a range of classical paintings- from the Vanitas still life paintings of William Claesz to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, to Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus. In contrast, Weiner’s paintings of blue hair gel as a solitary subject reference monochrome abstractions such as those of Yves Klein and Ellsworth Kelly. These “Gel Monochrome Paintings’ ” uniform color schemes and high definition imagery belie their origins as works of the hand, building upon monochrome painting’s exploration of the tension between mass production and handcraft.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Silver Pearls II, 2017
Oil on canvas
30 × 48 in / 76.2 × 121.9 cm

Together, these motifs serve Weiner’s larger project of using painting to explore what it means to be human as we integrate synthetic components and technology into our bodies. Contemporary culture’s obsession with bodily enhancement informs Weiner’s paintings of chemical products from cosmetics to surgical injections. In connecting the opposing styles of abstraction and photorealism, Weiner reflects our alienation from physical experience within a culture that reduces bodily needs into chemical processes.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Blue Pearls II, 2017
Oil on prepared paper
24 × 60 in / 61 × 152.4 cm

By photographing paint and luxurious ephemera at close range, then using the resulting image as his subject, Ben Charles Weiner creates works that pose a confusion of object, subject and medium. Weiner’s paintings harness the idolatrous fetishistic desire of consumer culture, the fashion industry, and the art world. Thus, his paintings self-critically describe the duality of their own identity as both transcendent creation and commercial item. Likewise, all of the themes and references in the paintings reinforce their status as consumer/art objects. Roland Bathes’ application of Freud’s concept of “the uncanny” to landscape photography is the pertinent reference.

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Gel Monochrome 1, 2016
Oil on linen
80 × 56 in / 203.2 × 142.2 cm

Weiner (b. 1980, Burlington, VT) received his BA from Wesleyan University (CT). He also studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro at Universidad de las Americas (Mexico) and has worked closely with artists Jeff Koons, Kim Sooja and Amy Yoes as an assistant. He has exhibited his work widely across the United States and in Mexico with solo shows in Los Angeles, New York and Puebla, and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Miami, New Haven, Ridgefield, Los Angeles and Riverside. His paintings can be found in the Sammlung/Collection (Germany), the Progressive Collection (OH), and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection (CA). The artist lives and works in New York City.

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BEN CHARLES WEINER
Black Pearls, 2017
Oil on linen
28 × 42 in / 71.1 × 106.7 cm

“My paintings of pearls and hair gel merge varied notions of art as creation with biological and mythological concepts of creation. Visually, the pearls seem to emerge from the hair gel, suggesting biological processes such as cellular division, or the primordial soup that preceded life on earth. The all-over, abstract qualities of the hair gel recall the abstract expressionists’ concepts of the sublime art object and art as a transcendent act of creation. Additionally, the pearl itself is a naturally produced object of profound beauty. I use it to symbolize my understanding of creation as a feminine power, intrinsically linked to beauty. Finally, the pearls are an ode to Audrey Flack, one of my early artistic influences.” – Ben Weiner

Finally, please check out a brief video interview with Ben Charles Weiner we have posted on YouTube. If you like this video, make sure you share it, too! The video is available for your viewing pleasure at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzwDKc5j0eo

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Featured Artist Interview of the Week: ZEMER PELED

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Porcelain shards, ceramic, wooden base; 63 × 36 × 36 in

We are very pleased to announce our new video channel on Youtube and the addition of several new short video interviews that have just been added to this site for your reference. I would invite you to check out the MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and encourage you to subscribe to future videos at the following link by clicking HERE.

The short film collection at MMFA Video Channel now features four new videos that have been just posted that include a looks inside the studios of artists: ALLISON SCHULNIK, ANDREW SCHOULTZ, VERNON FISHER, and JOHN BAUER. In total we have nearly fifty new or recent videos posted there for you to view – and that list grows weekly. Other artists featured on the MMFA Channel are: Jason Salavon, Kris Kuksi, Stephanie Washburn, Julie Oppermann, Tim Bavington, Joshua Dildine, and Julie Heffernan – just to name a few.

This week’s featured video interview is with ZEMER PELED which can be viewed here:

For additional information on this artist and their work, please go to our website at http://www.markmoorefineart.com or check out their artist page on ARTSY at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery

Zemer Peled‘s work examines the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Her sculptural language is formed by her surrounding landscapes and nature, and engages with themes of memories, identity, and place. Her sculptures and installations consist of thousands of hand-crafted porcelain shards; a technique that yields a texture both delicate and severe. In some works, large scale-like ceramic pieces appear airy, delicate, and fluffy, as if one’s breath might break it. In others, Peled’s fragments are geometric barbs that mysteriously take on an alluring form – offering a sense of softness despite a sharp actuality.

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Peled (b. 1983) was born and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. After completing her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Jerusalem), she earned her MA at the Royal College of Art (UK). In recent years, her work has been exhibited internationally, including such venues as Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery (London), Eretz Israel Museum (Tel Aviv), and the Orangerie du Senate (Paris), among others. The artist currently lives and works at the Archie Bray Foundation Residency (Helena, MT).

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L.A. Artist Allison Schulnik Talks Cats, Claymation, and Her Creative Process on ARTSY

Check out the highly insightful featured ARTSY EDITORIAL by Art Critic RACHEL WILL on the recent work of artist ALLISON SCHULNIK at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-allison-schulnik

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Allison Schulnik in her Los Angeles studio.

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Featured Artist Interview of the Week: DIMITRI KOZYREV

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We are very pleased to announce our new video channel on Youtube and the addition of several new short video interviews that have just been added to this site for your reference. I would invite you to check out the MARK MOORE FINE ART VIDEO CHANNEL and encourage you to subscribe to future videos at the following link by clicking HERE.

The short film collection at MMFA Video Channel now features four new videos that have been just posted that include a looks inside the studios of artists: ALLISON SCHULNIK, ANDREW SCHOULTZ, VERNON FISHER, and JOHN BAUER. In total we have nearly fifty new or recent videos posted there for you to view – and that list grows weekly. Other artists featured on the MMFA Channel are: Jason Salavon, Kris Kuksi, Stephanie Washburn, Julie Oppermann, Tim Bavington, Joshua Dildine, and Julie Heffernan – just to name a few.

This week’s featured video interview is with DIMITRI KOZYREV which can be viewed here:

 

Dimitri Kozyrev (born 1967, St. Petersburg, Russia) received his MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara (CA), and has since had solo exhibitions in New York, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His work has been featured at the Krasnoyarsk VIII Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), the Tuscon Museum of Art (AZ), Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ), Gulf Coast Museum of Art (FL), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), the Armory Show (NY), and Torrance Art Museum (CA). His work has been acquired by the Berkus Family Collection (CA), Wellington Collection (MA) and UCSB Art Museum (CA). He is also the recipient of the Abrams Prize (CA) and Art Omi Residency (NY). Kozyrev lives and works in Tuscon, AZ.

For additional information on this artist and their work, please go to our website at http://www.markmoorefineart.com or check out their artist page on ARTSY at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery

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New Public Sculpture by Tim Bavington Installed at Victory Park in Dallas

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We are pleased to announce the installation of a new public sculpture by Tim Bavington, installed at Victory Park in Dallas in October. Bavington’s work translates music into the visual world by assigning color and height to each sound in a composition.

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Installed just outside the W Hotel in Victory Park, the artist chose the song ‘Matchbox’ by the Beatles for this sculpture. Originally recorded as ‘Matchbox Blues’ in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson, a native Texan who performed near Deep Ellum in Dallas, Bavington chose the song because of its Texas roots. Bavington, born in the United Kingdom, draws on Texas culture and Dallas history to transform the chords of the song into vibrant bands of colored steel. Through the carefully selected colors and heights in the steel pipes, the artist expresses the melody, translating the aural to the visual. Tim Bavington lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada and is represented by Mark Moore Fine Art.

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Dimitri Kozyrev “The Lost Landscapes” Reviewed in WSI Magazine

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Please find the link to Dimitri Kozyrev’s exhibition “The Lost Landscapes” published on WSI Magazine:

https://wsimag.com/art/32448-dimitri-kozyrev

Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to present a series of nine new works on canvas from the ongoing Lost Landscapes Series by artist Dimitri Kozyrev.

This body of work stems from observations by the artist based on the driving experience. Using freeway systems as the investigative constant, thiese paintings and drawings attempt to recreate the pure structure of urban landscape. In recreation, the original experience is replaced with the image of “lost” landscape. The environment along the freeway structures is essentially lost for the driver in the fast movement of the vehicle, because the driver’s attention is always directed forward; the landscape disappears on ether side of the driver, and only fragmented elements of it imprint in the driver’s memory. Driving these roads and byways at speed reduces the visual experience from detail to generality and we never can reproduce the whole picture of the trip, only scattered elements as if they had been caught by a strobe light.

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Image: Dimitri Kozyrev, Lost Landscape #9, 2017
These pictures are not meant to be a representation of the urban landscape, they are landscapes: landscapes for the speeding driver or landscapes for gallery goers. Moreover, these images have the potential to become a part of the road “language,” they may serve as information signs for a specific point of interest or they may be entertainment pictures to break the dullness of commuting.

The formal resolutions of these pictures are influenced by the ideas developed by Russian Constructivists and later by Bauhaus scholars. Only minimal elements are chosen for my pictures in order to affect the viewer in a matter of seconds; these images must have only that amount of information, which is essential for the message Kozyrev hopes to deliver.

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Image: Dimitri Kozyrev, Lost Landscape #8, 2017
This exclusive ARTSY online exhibition opens today and is now visible at the following link:

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-dimitri-kozyrev-the-lost-landscapes-2017

 

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