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  Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche NY, 2013       Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition ,  2013   Scaramouche, NY   Scaramouche is pleased to present  Out of Sight , the first New York solo exhibition by artist Guy Ben-Ari. The exhibition examines the condition of image consumption as mediated through digital technology. Presenting different positions of a hidden remote voyeur, the paintings address the experience of a digital screen as one that conveys a dissociative effect to its viewer.   Out of Sight  addresses the contemporary culture of remote and ubiquitous image consumption. Confronting reality through the mediation of the digital screen is an experience that has a dissociative effect – a mental process that induces a separation of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and even our sense of identity. For example, the act of sitting in front of a screen can cause one to become less aware of their surroundings, and at the same time, they can develop a feeling of removal and indifference towards the traumatic events that they are presented with.  The exhibition consists of three large narrative paintings on canvas together with smaller non-figurative paintings on panels. The larger paintings depict a hidden observer peeping at a psychoanalytic session, a seminar lecture with the painting  The Ambassadors  by Hans Holbein the Younger projected for a class, a session of analysis through Skype, and a tragic act of protest from Israel's social justice demonstrations as viewed remotely through a tablet device. In these paintings, both the viewer and the subject are removed observers. This state of global voyeurism is a symptom of the contemporary digital culture.  Each of the situations described includes a screen – a smartphone, laptop, tablet or projection. The smaller patterned paintings display segments and details from the large narrative works. Some present a subtle after-image of a lamp as a light source hidden behind the flat patterned surface, becoming a direct visual signifier: an ideogram of the digital screen. In doing so, Ben-Ari attempts to incorporate the digital screen into the lineage of painting.   

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche NY, 2013

 

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, 2013
Scaramouche, NY

Scaramouche is pleased to present Out of Sight, the first New York solo exhibition by artist Guy Ben-Ari. The exhibition examines the condition of image consumption as mediated through digital technology. Presenting different positions of a hidden remote voyeur, the paintings address the experience of a digital screen as one that conveys a dissociative effect to its viewer.

Out of Sight addresses the contemporary culture of remote and ubiquitous image consumption. Confronting reality through the mediation of the digital screen is an experience that has a dissociative effect – a mental process that induces a separation of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and even our sense of identity. For example, the act of sitting in front of a screen can cause one to become less aware of their surroundings, and at the same time, they can develop a feeling of removal and indifference towards the traumatic events that they are presented with.

The exhibition consists of three large narrative paintings on canvas together with smaller non-figurative paintings on panels. The larger paintings depict a hidden observer peeping at a psychoanalytic session, a seminar lecture with the painting The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger projected for a class, a session of analysis through Skype, and a tragic act of protest from Israel's social justice demonstrations as viewed remotely through a tablet device. In these paintings, both the viewer and the subject are removed observers. This state of global voyeurism is a symptom of the contemporary digital culture.

Each of the situations described includes a screen – a smartphone, laptop, tablet or projection. The smaller patterned paintings display segments and details from the large narrative works. Some present a subtle after-image of a lamp as a light source hidden behind the flat patterned surface, becoming a direct visual signifier: an ideogram of the digital screen. In doing so, Ben-Ari attempts to incorporate the digital screen into the lineage of painting.

 

  Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche, NY, 2013

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche, NY, 2013

  The Hidden Observer , 2013, Oil on canvas, 58” x 72”

The Hidden Observer, 2013, Oil on canvas, 58” x 72”

  An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device , 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device, 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

  Seminar , 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

Seminar, 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

  Skype Analysis , 2013, oil on canvas, 58" x 72"

Skype Analysis, 2013, oil on canvas, 58" x 72"

  Screen Capture , 2013, oil on canvas, 54" x 72"

Screen Capture, 2013, oil on canvas, 54" x 72"

 The Hidden Observer, 2013, oil on wooden panel, 16" x 20"

The Hidden Observer, 2013, oil on wooden panel, 16" x 20"

  An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device , 2013, Oil on panel,  20” x 16”

An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device, 2013, Oil on panel,  20” x 16”

  Seminar , 2013, oil on wood panel, 20" x 16"

Seminar, 2013, oil on wood panel, 20" x 16"

  Skype Analysis , 2013, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Skype Analysis, 2013, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

  Screen Capture , 2013, Oil on panel, 16” x 20”

Screen Capture, 2013, Oil on panel, 16” x 20”

  Screen (Lamp) - Floral Diptych , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

Screen (Lamp) - Floral Diptych, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

  Screen (Lamp) - Fire Diptych - After Livne , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

Screen (Lamp) - Fire Diptych - After Livne, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

  Screen (Lamp) - Green , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Screen (Lamp) - Green, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

  Screen (Lamp) - Ocher , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Screen (Lamp) - Ocher, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

  Screen (Lamp) - Purple , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Screen (Lamp) - Purple, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

  Segment , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Segment, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

  Man Holding Tablet , 2013, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Man Holding Tablet, 2013, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

  Sofa , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Sofa, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche NY, 2013

 

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, 2013
Scaramouche, NY

Scaramouche is pleased to present Out of Sight, the first New York solo exhibition by artist Guy Ben-Ari. The exhibition examines the condition of image consumption as mediated through digital technology. Presenting different positions of a hidden remote voyeur, the paintings address the experience of a digital screen as one that conveys a dissociative effect to its viewer.

Out of Sight addresses the contemporary culture of remote and ubiquitous image consumption. Confronting reality through the mediation of the digital screen is an experience that has a dissociative effect – a mental process that induces a separation of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and even our sense of identity. For example, the act of sitting in front of a screen can cause one to become less aware of their surroundings, and at the same time, they can develop a feeling of removal and indifference towards the traumatic events that they are presented with.

The exhibition consists of three large narrative paintings on canvas together with smaller non-figurative paintings on panels. The larger paintings depict a hidden observer peeping at a psychoanalytic session, a seminar lecture with the painting The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger projected for a class, a session of analysis through Skype, and a tragic act of protest from Israel's social justice demonstrations as viewed remotely through a tablet device. In these paintings, both the viewer and the subject are removed observers. This state of global voyeurism is a symptom of the contemporary digital culture.

Each of the situations described includes a screen – a smartphone, laptop, tablet or projection. The smaller patterned paintings display segments and details from the large narrative works. Some present a subtle after-image of a lamp as a light source hidden behind the flat patterned surface, becoming a direct visual signifier: an ideogram of the digital screen. In doing so, Ben-Ari attempts to incorporate the digital screen into the lineage of painting.

 

Out of Sight - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche, NY, 2013

The Hidden Observer, 2013, Oil on canvas, 58” x 72”

An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device, 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

Seminar, 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”

Skype Analysis, 2013, oil on canvas, 58" x 72"

Screen Capture, 2013, oil on canvas, 54" x 72"

The Hidden Observer, 2013, oil on wooden panel, 16" x 20"

An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device, 2013, Oil on panel,  20” x 16”

Seminar, 2013, oil on wood panel, 20" x 16"

Skype Analysis, 2013, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Screen Capture, 2013, Oil on panel, 16” x 20”

Screen (Lamp) - Floral Diptych, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

Screen (Lamp) - Fire Diptych - After Livne, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each

Screen (Lamp) - Green, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Screen (Lamp) - Ocher, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Screen (Lamp) - Purple, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"

Segment, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Man Holding Tablet, 2013, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Sofa, 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

  Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche NY, 2013       Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition ,  2013   Scaramouche, NY   Scaramouche is pleased to present  Out of Sight , the first New York solo exhibition by artist Guy Ben-Ari. The exhibition examines the condition of image consumption as mediated through digital technology. Presenting different positions of a hidden remote voyeur, the paintings address the experience of a digital screen as one that conveys a dissociative effect to its viewer.   Out of Sight  addresses the contemporary culture of remote and ubiquitous image consumption. Confronting reality through the mediation of the digital screen is an experience that has a dissociative effect – a mental process that induces a separation of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and even our sense of identity. For example, the act of sitting in front of a screen can cause one to become less aware of their surroundings, and at the same time, they can develop a feeling of removal and indifference towards the traumatic events that they are presented with.  The exhibition consists of three large narrative paintings on canvas together with smaller non-figurative paintings on panels. The larger paintings depict a hidden observer peeping at a psychoanalytic session, a seminar lecture with the painting  The Ambassadors  by Hans Holbein the Younger projected for a class, a session of analysis through Skype, and a tragic act of protest from Israel's social justice demonstrations as viewed remotely through a tablet device. In these paintings, both the viewer and the subject are removed observers. This state of global voyeurism is a symptom of the contemporary digital culture.  Each of the situations described includes a screen – a smartphone, laptop, tablet or projection. The smaller patterned paintings display segments and details from the large narrative works. Some present a subtle after-image of a lamp as a light source hidden behind the flat patterned surface, becoming a direct visual signifier: an ideogram of the digital screen. In doing so, Ben-Ari attempts to incorporate the digital screen into the lineage of painting.   
  Out of Sight  - Solo Exhibition, Installation view, Scaramouche, NY, 2013
  The Hidden Observer , 2013, Oil on canvas, 58” x 72”
  An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device , 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”
  Seminar , 2013, Oil on canvas, 72” x 58”
  Skype Analysis , 2013, oil on canvas, 58" x 72"
  Screen Capture , 2013, oil on canvas, 54" x 72"
 The Hidden Observer, 2013, oil on wooden panel, 16" x 20"
  An Act of Protest as Viewed through a Tablet Device , 2013, Oil on panel,  20” x 16”
  Seminar , 2013, oil on wood panel, 20" x 16"
  Skype Analysis , 2013, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”
  Screen Capture , 2013, Oil on panel, 16” x 20”
  Screen (Lamp) - Floral Diptych , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each
  Screen (Lamp) - Fire Diptych - After Livne , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16" each
  Screen (Lamp) - Green , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"
  Screen (Lamp) - Ocher , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"
  Screen (Lamp) - Purple , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 16"
  Segment , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"
  Man Holding Tablet , 2013, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"
  Sofa , 2013, Oil on panel, 16" x 20"