Dancing on Both Sides of the Crack
EYEHEART presents Dancing on Both Sides of the Crack, a two-person exhibition by New York-based artist Jani Benjamins and Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Danilowicz. The exhibition opens on June 20 and continues through July 21, 2013.
Dancing on Both Sides of the Crack is a unique collaboration between two artists who met in Los Angeles in 2008 and have remained close friends since that time. Engaged in a continuous discourse about their individual artistic practices, Benjamins and Danilowicz have created works for this exhibition using an expanded definition of drawing as a framework. A variety of methods and materials are present in the exhibition, including: fabric, ink, paint, photography, appropriated imagery, as well as cut-ups and erasure techniques. In all of the works, mark-making, the line, and the relationship between abstraction and representation is of utmost significance. Throughout the show, geometry emerges non-finito, re-directing and displacing the source material– creating contemporary relics in the abyss of potentiality.
The work of Benjamins and Danilowicz share many commonalities. Together, they are partners dancing on the face of uncertainty as the earth cracks, a fissure opens, and lines flow with discord to disrupt the artifice of popular political transmissions, revealing an archaic and otherworldly visual language.
Jani Benjamins and Nathan Danilowicz first met in Los Angeles in 2008 while working for the artist Mike Kelley. This working relationship and mutual admiration for Kelley’s vision developed into a friendship and subsequent collaborative art projects in Los Angeles and New York City. In this regard, Dancing on Both Sides of the Crack refers to the artistic dialogue between two artists each working in very different, yet culturally vibrant cities, separated only by the great divide of the continental United States.
JANI BENJAMINS (b. 1979 New York, USA) received his MFA from the university of Texas at Austin in 2008, and a BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. His numerous international exhibitions include Latned Astär, 533 Gallery, and Elephant in Los Angeles; The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, in Ramallah, Palestine; Zatoka Sztuki, in Sopot Poland; and the North Henry annex in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in Bomb magazine, Gorkey’s Granddaughter, and …Might Be Good.
NATHAN DANILOWICZ (b. 1980 Pennsylvania, USA) received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2002. A MacDowell Colony Fellow (2009), and he has exhibited internationally. Solo exhibitions include RAID Projects (2013), and Latned Atsär in Los Angeles (2011), Hilary Crisp London/Los Angeles (2008 and 2009/2010) and the H. Lewis Gallery in Baltimore (2004). His numerous group exhibitions include shows the Hammer Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Cal State University’s Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Cirrus Gallery, Telic Arts Exchange, Eighth Veil, 533 Gallery, Bonelli Contemporary in Los Angeles; Locust Projects and TwentyTwenty Projects in Miami; Local Project in New York; Lust Gallery in Vienna; Zatoka Sztuki, in Sopot Poland; The Green Gallery East in Milwaukee; Queen’s Nails Annex at the Waypoint in Marfa, TX; and The Luggage Store gallery in San Francisco. He has written for artUS magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, TimeOut London, Miami New Times, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore’s City Paper, Art Newspaper, DIAGRAM, PRISM Index, and Beautiful Decay.