Ben Charles Weiner
American, born 1980
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Selected exhibitions
2018
Ben Charles Weiner: Recent Works on Paper,
Mark Moore Fine Art
2017
Ben Charles Weiner: Altered States,
Mark Moore Fine Art
Ben Charles Weiner: Looks,
Mark Moore Fine Art

Connecting two opposing styles—abstraction and photorealism—Ben Weiner creates hyper-detailed, lush paintings and videos of extremely magnified consumer products, including hair gel, chemical food additives, and deodorant. In his work, he presents such meticulously rendered, close-up views of his subjects that they read as pure abstractions. A through-line in Weiner’s various bodies of work is contemporary culture’s obsession with bodily enhancement through chemical products—whether by using hair products or taking illegal drugs. To create his drawings, the artist soaks monochrome drawings or to-do lists on chromatographic paper in solutions of drugs, creating colorful psychedelic washes generated by chance based on the substance’s chemical composition.