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Ben Weiner: GlamTrance
by Jacob Resneck
on 14 June 2007

NYC artist Ben Weiner's oil paintings are remarkable for their hyper-realism, bringing out the extraordinary in everyday objects. His latest solo show has made its maiden voyage to the West Coast where it's being exhibited now through 7 July 2007 at the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica in Los Angeles.

Titled "GlamTrance," each piece looks abstract on first take, but the paintings are actually extreme close-ups of objects normally taken for granted. It simultaneously teases and challenges a sense of perspective and aesthetic, using realist techniques that make the subjects function like readymades.

Weiner studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro whose haunting blend of realism and abstractionism may have influenced these pieces. Weiner's work has since been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue A-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404 map
tel. +1 310 453 3031

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