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WORLD WITH US. THE WORLD WITHOUT US.
Behnke, Leon Benn
excited to present a two-person painting show entitled “THE WORLD WITH US. THE
WORLD WITH OUT US”. The show highlights the work of RISD Alumni: Eileen Behnke
and Leon Benn, whose works deal with landscape and the relationship between
humankind and nature.
your attention. Do not listen with the ears, listen with the mind. Do not
listen with the mind but listen with the vital breath. The ears only listen to
sounds. The mind is only aware of its objects. But to focus on the vital breath
is to be empty and await the arising of objects. It is only the Way that
settles in emptiness. Emptiness is the fasting of the mind. (Charles Angus
WORLD WITH US. THE WORLD WITHOUT US” attempts
to embody the ideals in the aforementioned excerpt by Graham. It is the attempt
to exist and non-exist simultaneously, to relate to your surroundings in a
state of sleep or dream while being present in a state of consciousness. To
become, changing from one state to another. The works draw reference from
actual events and translates the memory, filtered through the occurrence of an
intoxicating romance between man and nature.
conceived as a landscape show, the work carries much greater weight as a
philosophical commentary on an age of alienation from the environment and from
our very purpose on earth. The artists make work exuding the magic, mystery and
fantasy that is still found out there, but which we have lost interest in
preserving or appreciating.
born in Princeton, NJ and received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of
Design with a concentration in painting. Behnke’s recent work is a fluctuating,
open and boundary free arena within which she explores the relationship between
humankind and nature, combining celebrity obsession, aberrant social behavior
and apocalyptical occurrences in nature. She currently lives and works in the
New York Metro Area.
Leon Benn, born in Philadelphia, PA, graduated from
Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in illustration. The artist's practice involves imagining dream/nightmare
realms in which the image of natural landscape succumbs to a suspended state:
infinite energy captured in an instant, like a particle mass accelerator. The
artist aims to explore the human relationship with nature as a seemingly
innocent romance with an undercurrent of mystery, love, sex, hunger and death.
The final effect is one of an awakening from a strange dream. Leon Benn has recently
been jury selected to be featured in the Live Auction portion of Art for
Life 2008, Columbus, OH.