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Transcending Urban Imperfections

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Transcending Urban Imperfections, 2015
Transcending Urban Imperfections

Watt Hall, ground floor
USC University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0202
February 16th, 2015 - February 26th, 2015
Opening: February 19th, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://roski.usc.edu/calendar/lindhurst....
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
roski@usc.edu
PHONE:  
213-740-2787
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Thu 9-7; Fri 9-4:30
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
USC (University of Southern California), USC Roski School of Fine Art
TAGS:  
Kabbalah, spirituality, painting, modern, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual
COST:  
free

DESCRIPTION

Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Transcending Urban Imperfections”, a solo exhibition of sculpture, paintings and prints by Los Angeles-based artist Benji Ng.

"Transcending Urban Imperfection" examines collective histories through the lenses urbanism and human conditions. Comprised of mixed-media paintings, series of monotypes and linocut prints and an installation, this body of work proposes a spiritual paradigm to re-contextualize the imperfections of a contemporary lifestyle based on decadence and excess. Metaphorically plunging through the gaps of reality into the original light searching for telos, Ng creates portals to the ethereal reality beyond the physical reality in which we exist.

Ng employs recurring motifs and techniques throughout his work: dots, hermetic principles, synthesis of decadent and becoming forces, God and spiritual allegories. Drawing materials from the esoteric philosophy of Kabbalah and a text revered by alchemists known as the Kybalion, this body of work exploits the relationship between life, art and spirituality as compelling forces of creation and illumination. The exhibition draws inspiration from —and pays homage to— artists such as Barnett Newman, Anselm Kiefer and Yves Klein for their legacy of converging the immaterial, spiritual and physical realities at critical moments of socio-political and cultural existential crisis. 

Benji Engee was born and raised in Hong Kong in 1992, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is receiving a B.A. in Arts and B.A. in Communication at University of Southern California in 2015.