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  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012       Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition   Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012   The works in this group 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.  Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA January 2012

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

 

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition
Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

The works in this group 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.

Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA January 2012

  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

  Transference , 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 79"

Transference, 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 79"

  Lamp , 2011,Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Lamp, 2011,Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

  Interior , 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

Interior, 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

  Desk Lamp , 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Desk Lamp, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

  Shadow Casting , 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

Shadow Casting, 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

  Father, can't you see I'm burning? , 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 80"

Father, can't you see I'm burning?, 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 80"

  Flower Vase , Trash Can, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16" each

Flower Vase, Trash Can, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16" each

  Peeping Toms , 2011, Oil on canvas, 81" x 57"

Peeping Toms, 2011, Oil on canvas, 81" x 57"

  Nude ,  Nude I , 2011, Oil on panel, 16" x 12" each

Nude, Nude I, 2011, Oil on panel, 16" x 12" each

  Transference I , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 16" x 20"

Transference I, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 16" x 20"

  Mirror , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

Mirror, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

  Father, can't you see I'm burning? , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

Father, can't you see I'm burning?, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

 

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition
Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

The works in this group 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.

Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA January 2012

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Yes to Burning Eyes - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Transference, 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 79"

Lamp, 2011,Oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Interior, 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

Desk Lamp, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"

Shadow Casting, 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"

Father, can't you see I'm burning?, 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 80"

Flower Vase, Trash Can, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16" each

Peeping Toms, 2011, Oil on canvas, 81" x 57"

Nude, Nude I, 2011, Oil on panel, 16" x 12" each

Transference I, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 16" x 20"

Mirror, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

Father, can't you see I'm burning?, 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"

  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012       Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition   Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012   The works in this group 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.  Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA January 2012
  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  Yes to Burning Eyes  - Solo Exhibition, Vox Populi Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  Transference , 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 79"
  Lamp , 2011,Oil on panel, 16" x 20"
  Interior , 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"
  Desk Lamp , 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16"
  Shadow Casting , 2011, Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"
  Father, can't you see I'm burning? , 2011, Oil on canvas, 59" x 80"
  Flower Vase , Trash Can, 2011, Oil on panel, 20" x 16" each
  Peeping Toms , 2011, Oil on canvas, 81" x 57"
  Nude ,  Nude I , 2011, Oil on panel, 16" x 12" each
  Transference I , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 16" x 20"
  Mirror , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"
  Father, can't you see I'm burning? , 2011, mixed technique on paper, 15" x 20"