SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE)
SOLO EXHIBITION OF AVIV BENN
Curated by Tina Sauerländer
Opening: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7-10 p.m.
Matinee: Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3–6pm
Presentation of Aviv Benn’s new artist book + Artist talk with coffee and cake
Duration: March 18 – April 24, 2016
At: Art von Frei, Brunnenstr. 187, 10119 Berlin (U Rosenthaler Platz)
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: Noon–6pm / Sat: Noon–4pm / + by appointment
In a world of sharing, it is still hard to give away your own body parts (besides your liver, of course). But a friend can give her teeth to a friend, particularly if they have been modeled in 3D. Such a gift is daily routine for Aviv Benn, because teeth— alongside hands, skulls and eyes—form the main imagery in her current works. They tell “the tale of who we are and what we are made of,” the artist says. In dreams, teeth falling out symbolize fear of loss and demise, because they are the most lasting relic that remain after death. Demise is hard to bear in a secular, capitalist and positivist society. As a way to deal with this primal fear, Aviv Benn ironically laughs at death with her paintings and reintegrates it into society and personal life. The artist dissects the perfect entity of the body into separate parts that do not decay, but in fact come to life individually in the artist’s vivid works. Her absurd combinations of gestures and expressions are inspired by cartoons, punk aesthetics, depictions of vanitas or danse macabre, the Middle Ages and Northern Renaissance as well as Internet imagery. The works of the New York street art scene of the 1980’s became a role model for Aviv Benn’s direct and straightforward visual language.
Aviv Benn deals with the dissection of the human body. Her single works relate to each other and form an entity, her “body” of work. By repeating key elements like teeth, skulls and hands, Aviv Benn uses them as an instrument to allow the viewer to calmly consider and process the idea of death. In the exhibition, at least fifty works in different formats and media hang equally next to each other to unify like a living body. Salon hanging mixes with a punk atmosphere. Nailed canvases and affixed paper works are evocative of postered walls. Aviv Benn’s works appear like a plant, growing beyond the usual borders of galleries or common curatorial hanging systems. The exhibition SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE) is the first comprehensive solo show of Aviv Benn in Europe introducing her rich body of work.
Aviv Benn (*1988) is an Israeli artist currently residing in Berlin. She holds a BFA cum laude from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. The artist was selected to participate in the student exchange program with OCAD University in Toronto (2013), the international artist residency programs AFFECT at Agora Collective in Berlin (2014) and PILOTENKUECHE at Spinnerei in Leipzig (2015). In the same year, she received a grant from the Rabinovich Foundation in Israel.
The artist's website: www.avivbenn.com
EXHIBITION VIEWS (all images by Marcus Schneider)
OPENING (all images by Stephanie Wächter)