• SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE) Solo exhibition of Aviv Benn

    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Aviv Benn, Big Heart, 2015, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 157x165 cm
    Aviv Benn, Big Heart, 2015, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 157×165 cm

    The exhibition SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE) is the first comprehensive solo show of Aviv Benn in Europe.

    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.

    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Aviv Benn, Pink On Top of Red, 2015, Oil and gouache on canvas, 122x157cm
    Aviv Benn, Pink On Top of Red, 2015, Oil and gouache on canvas, 122x157cm

    Her absurd combinations of gestures and expressions are inspired by cartoons, punk aesthetics, and 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.

    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.

     

    Curated by Tina Sauerländer

    Matinee: Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3–6pm

    Presentation of Aviv Benn’s new artist book TEETH DREAM

    + Artist talk with coffee and cake

    Duration of the exhibition: March 18 – April 24, 2016

    Art von Frei, Brunnenstr. 187, 10119 Berlin, Germany

    Art von Frei

    Brunnenstr. 187

    10119 Berlin

    +49 151 56 00 03 44

    info@artvonfrei.gallery

    www.artvonfrei.gallery

     

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    Aviv Benn, Sleep Tight Little Skull, 2015,Detail, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 110x156 cm
    Aviv Benn, Sleep Tight Little Skull, 2015,Detail, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 110×156 cm
    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Exhibition view SHARE YOUR TEETH (WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE), solo exhibition of Aviv Benn, Art von Frei Gallery, Berlin, photo © Stephanie Wächter / Courtesy Aviv Benn and Art von Frei Gallery
    Aviv Benn, Sleep Tight Little Skull, 2015, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 110x156 cm
    Aviv Benn, Sleep Tight Little Skull, 2015, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 110×156 cm
    Aviv Benn, Untitled, Detail from artist book TEETH DREAM, 2015/16
    Aviv Benn, Untitled, Detail from artist book TEETH DREAM, 2015/16

     

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