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Jani Benjamins
updated: 05/23/2011
website: www.janibenjamins.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Yanomono
India
Lost
Spain
Untitled
Shangri-La
Redneck games
Congo
Untitled
Modern living (detail)
Modern living (detail)
apollo
Clockwork 8
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, biomorphic, language, technology, collage, information, landscape, nature, conceptual, systems
 
 
Yanomono by Jani Benjamins
Yanomono
Erased National Geographic pages
2011
10" x  13.5" 
India by Jani Benjamins
India
Erased National Geographic pages
2010-2011
Dimensions variable
Lost by Jani Benjamins
Lost
Erased National Geographic pages
2011
10" x  13.5" 
Spain by Jani Benjamins
Spain
Erased National Geographic pages
2010
10 " x  13.5 " 
Untitled by Jani Benjamins
Untitled
Erased National Geographic pages
2011
10" x  13.5" 
Shangri-La by Jani Benjamins
Shangri-La
erased national geographic pages
2009
10" x  13.25" 
Redneck games by Jani Benjamins
Redneck games
Erased National Geographic pages
2010-2011
10" x  13.5" 
Congo by Jani Benjamins
Congo
Erased National Geographic pages
2010-2011
10" x  13.5" 
Untitled by Jani Benjamins
Untitled
Erased National Geographic
2009
10" x  13.5" 
Modern living (detail) by Jani Benjamins
Modern living (detail)
erased national geographic page
2009
10" x  6.5" 
Modern living (detail) by Jani Benjamins
Modern living (detail)
erased national geographic page
2009
10" x  6.5" 
apollo  by Jani Benjamins
apollo
erased national geographic pages
2009
10 " x  13.25 " 
Clockwork 8 by Jani Benjamins
Clockwork 8
Erased National Geographic article page
2007
10" x  6.5" 

Artist Statement
I approach my work with an interest in information displacement. For instance, I might start with a page from National Geographic and then gradually erase information while preserving selected fragments of the original content. I expose a picture’s hidden violence, raw emotion, and uncanny sensibility. In doing so, I disrupt the illusion of straightforward reportage with ambiguity and contradiction, making a purely literal interpretation impossible.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION


2008      M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin.
2001      B.F.A., University of Colorado at Boulder.



SELECTED  EXHIBITIONS


2010     Gallery 533, group show, Los Angeles, CA.

2008     MFA Thesis Exhibition - XIII, The Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

2006      Deconstructing War, The Al Kahf Gallery, The International Center of Bethlehem, Palestine;
             The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Palestine.
             Baker's Dozen, Blue Star, UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX.

 
          
SELECTED  AWARDS  AND  HONORS


2007      M. K. Hage Endowed Scholarship.
             John Guerin Centennial Endowed Scholarship.

2006      Carol Chiles Ballard Endowed Presidential Scholarship.
              Marshall F. Wells Fellowship.




PERFORMANCES/PROJECTS


2009     The Dig, Rim Rock, CA. With Santiago Forero.
             The Conflict of Viewing, The Norton Simon Museum,      Pasadena, CA.  With Pim Kersten.
             Fancy Music, Rodeo Drive, Los Angles, CA. With Santiago Forero.

2008     Masters of None, Culver City Gallery District, Los Angeles, CA.  With Pim Kersten.
            This is the Police, Austin, TX.

2006     Quiz Trivia Show, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

2000     Kill Your Television, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO.