Guy Ben-Ari: Yes to Burning Eyes at Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia

Guy Ben-Ari at Vox Populi

Vox Populi Gallery will be presenting Yes To Burning Eyes as part of its Guest Artist Program. This exhibition by Guy Ben-Ari will include a new group of paintings and drawings from the past year.

The works in the exhibition surround the narrative of a famous case study by Freud, best known for the call "Fater, ich mein ich van verdern?" (Father, can't you see I'm burning?). Related to a sense of guilt by a negligent parent, the case study is used to demonstrate the nature of the connection between the conscious and the unconscious. The paintings in Yes to Burning Eyes refer to the function of the big Other and its gaze (or lack of) and its different implications.

Ben-Ari is invested in the act of painting in relation to the mechanism of language. In the same way that giving an object a name fixes its meaning, to take a metaphor literally is to kill the metaphor, and Ben-Ari is using paintings to examine that very process. Ben-Ari’s recent work uses painting as a framework to study elements of post-structuralism and psychoanalytic theory. Much of his work originates in jokes or illustrations of related concepts and situations, as he attempts to employ a literal strategy in an image, without collapsing into a mere illustration.

About the artist

Guy Ben-Ari (b. 1984 in Tel-Aviv, Israel) lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011, and his BFA (with honors) from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2009. While in Bezalel, he received the Loren and Mitchell Persser Award for Excellence in Painting and was selected for the Exchange Program for Merit Students to study painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London in 2008. Ben-Ari’s work has been recently shown in New York City at Thierry Goldberg Projects, 6-8 Months Project Space, the Neiman Gallery and the Fisher Landau Center for Art. Ben-Ari’s upcoming solo exhibition in Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv opens March 2012.

Yes to Burning Eyes is supported by Artis - Contemporary Israeli Art Fund. This exhibition is part of Vox Populi's Guest Artist Program. January's exhibitions are also by Brie Ruais, Catharine Maloney and Leah Beeferman.

About Vox Populi Art Gallery

Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is an artist collective that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related programming. For over 20 years, Vox has played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience a diverse range of programming and providing a supportive environment in which artists can take risks and gain valuable professional experience.

With a rotating membership and a commitment to working collectively, the gallery is a vital forum for the development and exchange of artistic ideas. Vox's comprehensive exhibition schedule includes solo shows of both member and guest artists, a curated video lounge, annual guest-curated shows, exchanges with peer organizations and group shows that provide critical exposure for emerging artists.
Artis Grant Recipient, Philadelphia, Vox Populi, Guy Ben-Ari

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