Fans of our friend Michael Benari are sure to be looking forward to March this year, as Benari will be releasing a new book, titled Grey.Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”.
Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”. I specifically use the street as a source of inspiration for discovering new ways of creating a visual experience. I think of the work as closely related to certain artistic traditions in painting and feel a close connection to everything abstract that has come before me. At the same time “GREY” is a collection of visual experiments, forcing me to push the limits of perception, and discover new ideas and new forms in the process. Our visual experience today is already saturated with so many accepted notions of beauty that looking to re-shape those assumptions becomes the real challenge for today’s artist. The “street” becomes a kind of outdoor laboratory in which I can still find the chance-encountered visual surprise that helps to re-orient my own perceptions and those in my work. Inasmuch as each image is its own resolution, the entire series of images reflects an on-going process of exploring an unknown terrain waiting to be discovered.
Also on the horizon will be a new show in Boston, MA, at 555 Gallery. Stay tuned for more details and images from the new book and exhibition.
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