Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present "MaximumStrengthAgeDefy," an exhibition of paintings and mixed media drawings by interdisciplinary artist, Ben Weiner. Marking the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery, this body of work demonstrates Weiner's adept ability to synthesize abstraction with illusionism. Paired with his conceptual interest in consumerism and mortality, Weiner's technique yields arresting compositions rife with provocative intrigue. Concurrently in the Project Room, Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents "BMX Channel" (2013), a large-scale video projection by Australian artist, Shaun Gladwell. Set within a picturesque British seaside, this single-channel work demonstrates the artist’s signature uses of filmic devices such as slow motion and long pans to capture both a tightly choreographed and improvised performance. Described by the artist as “performance landscapes” Gladwell’s videos present a juxtaposition of culturally specific athleticism against a visually discursive environment.
In his exhibition, Weiner anchors his focus on materiality with bodily references, tension, and relationships. At once interpretive and literal, cropped images of artificial consumer products – such as body wash, hair gel, moisturizer, makeup, nail polish, energy drinks, and recreational drugs – mutate from their microscopic origins to macroscopic terrains and suggestive forms. In decontextualizing these ubiquitous materials, Weiner suggests the abstract, constructed, and subjective nature of beauty – as well as its most elemental components. Weiner obfuscates the differences between beauty products, paint, and comestibles, and in turn, highlights the increasingly fluid connectivity between seemingly divergent mass-manufactured methods and goods. In a Duchampian manner, Weiner intimates the readymade qualities of perceived fabrication; be it an arresting work of art or youthful visage. His painted matter swirls, drips, and fuses into psychedelic anatomies and topographies on a monumental scale, as if memorializing the uniquely human urge to prolong our physicality, mortality, and image. Weiner further exemplifies this social compulsion through his own meticulous handicraft, as he strives to create a near-mechanically perfect image. By addressing the threat of technology to the human touch, Weiner pairs the anxiety and celebration of the post-industrial era to create works that are similarly binary.
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), The Microsoft Collection
(WA), and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection (CA). The artist lives and works in
New York City.
In the Project Room, Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents "BMX Channel" (2013), a largescale
video projection by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell. Set within a picturesque British
seaside, this single-channel work demonstrates the artist’s signature uses of filmic devices
such as slow motion and long pans to capture both a tightly choreographed and improvised
performance. Described by the artist as “performance landscapes” Gladwell’s videos
present a juxtaposition of culturally specific athleticism against a visually discursive
In "BMX Channel," Welsh bicyclist Matti Hemmings performs a technical style of BMX
riding known as "flatland" – which is defined by stylized break-dance-like movement on flat
surfaces. The physical virtuosity of the rider recalls the street performers of the beaches of
Southern California, where freestyle BMX was born. However, the swaying Union Jack and
Edwardian colonnade that frame the scene defines the land we see in the video as the
South East Coast of the U.K., where flatland BMX has thrived. Hemmings’ intricate and
balletic maneuvers are dwarfed by the ethereal haze of the surrounding English Channel.
An ambient electronic soundtrack by Kazumichi Grime intensifies the cinematic scene,
which fluctuates from an atmospheric panorama to a formal study of athletic prowess.
Adding to the video's mystic qualities is the vanishing horizon line, the consuming mist, and
the gracefulness of Hemmings' BMX riding. The resulting work is surprisingly hypnotic and
beautifully poetic, due to its distortion of speed and overall displacement of space and time.
Within this formal context, the video is an extension of Gladwell’s interest in the genre of
landscape and notions of the contemporary sublime.
Shaun Gladwell (b.1972, Australia) is based in Sydney and London. He completed
Associate Research at Goldsmiths College, London in 2001 and has since undertaken
numerous international residencies and commissions. He has exhibited prodigiously in
Europe, North and South America, and in the Asia Pacific Region. Shaun Gladwell
represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and traveled to Afghanistan as the official
Australian War Artist in 2009. His work is held in significant public and private collections
nationally and internationally, including: Wadsworth Atheneum, CT; Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Progressive Art Collection, USA; National Gallery of
Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Sydney.
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