Ben Weathers

<em>Nose Holes</em>

Ben Weathers, Nose Holes, 2019-2020, Acrylic and acryla gouache on linen, 20 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist

My practice is a routine of devotion, of being encapsulated by the question of how to make a resolved object. Being looked at is the work’s sole purpose. The viewer’s sensual experience being the point of my fascination. Paintings can take months to make and as I delve deeper into this body of work, I imagine they will take longer to realize. I think of each painting as a self-contained problem, each formal move is an attempt to resolve the starting catalyst. Paintings often begin with wanting to juxtapose contrasting elements - bumpy vs. smooth, systematic vs. accident, spatial depth vs. surface. However this is not as simple as making a decision on the fly or being improvisational. The execution of separate elements of paintings is often a tedious labor - taking time, focus, and energy to execute.

–Ben Weathers

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