10 Masters of Photorealism
Series: The Paint Series Paintings "Like Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book paint stroke, my paint paintings update Clement Greenberg’s treatise on self-critical art. Considering that photography has contributed largely to painting’s current critical status, and that illusionism is once again an accepted strategy of painting, my contemporary version of a self-critical painting is a photorealistic, illusionistic (flat) painting of oil paint. My paintings also examine the nature of painting today in terms of Marshall McLuhan’s idea that, as technology progresses, the context of the former system becomes the content of the new system, thus the content of my photography is oil paint, and the content of my painting is a photograph." - Ben Weiner
Signature: Signed Verso
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.
American, b. 1980, Burlington, Vermont, based in Queens, New York