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Benjamin Weissman
The Box, Los Angeles, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen


Benjamin Weissman, "Nessa with Blue & Purple Flowers," 2016, pastel, charcoal on paper, 36 x 73"

Continuing through July 8, 2017

Benjamin Weissman is a fiction writer as well as a prolific visual artist whose current exhibition, "We Never Kissed," fills the gallery space with obsessive and disturbing works on paper that feature gorillas having sex. Weissman has a long history dealing with taboos and presenting that which has the ability to unnerve and shock — but in a matter-of-fact manner.

These colorful pastel and charcoal drawings depict cavorting figures that are simultaneously male and female, human and animal. The depictions are part-fantasy, part self-portraiture and a wild mix of transgressive acts that stem from Weissman's dreams and unconscious.


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