Benjamin Weissman and Jessica Minckley are Los Angeles-based artist-writers united by pedagogy and their common interest in constructing meaning through text & image. (Weissman is much more illustrious, of course, as he is a gentleman of advanced age and seasoning.) Weissman and Minckley present the two-person exhibition Heartbreak Vitrine; Pornographic Coffin at Station Gallery inside the Roski School of Fine Arts building at USC.
Benjamin Weissman presents drawings that comprise half of the exhibition- Pornographic Coffin. This smattering of drawings exercises the ultimate treasured pastime - watching porn (to the point of collapse! in a rhombus-shaped box!). Weissman’s idiosyncratic scratchings are reminiscent of political caricatures, teen notebook doodles and bathroom stall profanity. Rachel Kushner has proclaimed “in the realm of art he is a threat: waging war, in high prose style, against good taste.” Weissman has written for dozens of publications and has exhibited his work around the globe.
Heartbreak Vitrine is the other half the exhibition and is situated in a skinny, rectangular glass box. Here Jessica Minckley showcases recent sculptural work of actual books as painting substrates. The text which adorns these miniature “canvases” is topical- the crush of unrequited love and the illusion of a reasonable substitute- sex. Minckley’s work, though rarely autobiographical, capitalizes on her current clichéd moment of disappointment in her present romantic life, through what Roland Barthes might deem the fallacy of connection and understanding between two human subjects through language. Minckley has exhibited her work mostly in Los Angeles, teaches figure drawing, and hopes to publish more of her writing in the near future.
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
STATION & 3001 Gallery
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007