September 01, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Sponsored by Artis, New York City; Ostrovsky Family Fund, New York City; Consulate General of Israel, New York City
Conflict, as a theme, pervades much of Keren Benbenisty’s artistic practice. Suggesting contradiction, paradox and ambiguity, her work invests the conceptual with what appears to be its antithesis – romanticism. By investigating the emotional depths of the individual and its relation to language, Benbenisty's work brings to mind the tension between the two. Coming from a current western context, there is a significant correspondence with Benbenisty’s oriental Middle Eastern origins. Using drawing, video, and installation, she aims to create “contemporary relics” that straddle diverse cultures and temporal perceptions. Benbenisty transforms objects, images, ready-mades, ephemeral materials and texts from the everyday, the banal, the ordinary, moving towards the unique, the individual.
Keren Benbenisty (born 1977, Herzeliya, Israel) moved to Paris in 1998 and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2004. She attended California Institute of the Arts in 2003 and Skowhegan School of Art, Maine, in 2009. Her work has been shown in different venues and art fairs around Europe.