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October 14, 2011

Art Center exhibits New York artist’s work

CHARLESTON, ILL. — Contemporary New York City artist Ben Weiner makes paintings, and paintings that move in the form of video animation. What appears to be abstract art is really art based on extreme close ups of all kinds of things — deodorant, a computer screen, even the paint used to make the painting.

Weiner’s solo exhibition in the Tarble Art Center’s eGallery on the Eastern Illinois University campus in Charleston, Ill., continues through Sunday. On view are five paintings and four videos.

By photographing paint and artificial materials at close range, and then using the resulting images as his subjects, Weiner creates artworks that pose a confusion of object, subject and medium. His large-scale, photorealistic oil paintings and dreamlike time-lapse videos based on microscopic images hover between realism and abstraction.

Weiner’s paintings and videos tend to resemble organic terrains or dreamy landscapes, viewing unnatural, man-made substances as if they were natural. The artist sees this as a reflection of our symbiotic relationship to science.

Writing about Weiner’s art has been published in The New York Times, artUS, The Los Angeles Times, New American Paintings, and other sources.

For more information contact the Tarble at (217) 581-2787 or visit www.eiu.edu/~tarble.

Individually, these sensual works immerse the viewer in their illusion. Collectively, they catalogue the uses of artifice in our daily lives, reflecting the degree to which the artificial and the imitation permeate ordinary experiences in the digital age.

Weiner received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn. He also studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro at Universidad de las Americas (Mexico) and has worked closely with artists Jeff Koons, Kimsooja and Amy Yoes as an assistant.

The artist has exhibited his work widely across the United States and in Mexico. Solo shows have been presented in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Fe, N.M. Group exhibitions include venues in Chicago, New York City, Miami, Fla., New Haven, Conn., Los Angeles and St. Louis. He also designed video projections for the interdisciplinary theatrical production of La Historia de Llorar por El by Ignacio Apolo shown in Mexico City in 2006.

Writing about Weiner’s art has been published in The New York Times, artUS, The Los Angeles Times, New American Paintings, and other sources. Weiner was a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and is represented by Mark Moore Gallery, in Culver City, Calif., David Richard Contemporary in Santa Fe, and Benrimon Contemporary in New York City.

Weiner’s exhibition is presented by the Tarble and the EIU Art Department as part of and with support from the New and Emerging Artists Series at EIU. The series showcases visual and performing artists who and ensembles which explore new approaches and new artforms.

The Tarble Arts Center and Art Department are divisions of the Eastern Illinois University College of Arts & Humanities. Tarble programs are funded by the Tarble Arts Center Fund/EIU Foundation, Tarble Arts Center membership contributions, and other sponsors.

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