Finissage Saturday the 24th of September at 7 pm
Saturday the 17th of September from 12 to 6 pm
Friday and Saturday the 23rd and the 24th of September from 12 to 6 pm
and by appointment under http://www.s-b-l.org
„Place Setting“ is the new installment in the installation series the ”Frames”. This multi-part project started a new body of work in which the artist inserted himself. Ben Larbi imagined environments in which biographical and fictional pictures of events, people and locations were displayed in a domestic environment. But the pictures are blank, ghost-like, with framed lighting where the images would have been. The character, the identity, of the inhabitants of the spaces is both present and absent. The installations are cinematic in nature, each with a certain feel and mood influenced by the architecture and the materials used or revealed. In the first installation of the project, Pictures I wish I had (2006), the antique furniture was left untouched, with small place holder to negate the possibility for the viewer to use the furniture, as in a period museum. In later iterations of the project the furniture was stripped of fabric and finish, further negating identifiable markers of a specific identity inhabiting the space. The furniture became another blank canvas, stripped of an identity and waiting for a new one. In the installations the wall treatment includes references to past local wall building practices. Lath and plaster in Richmond, Virginia and currently on view in Greenpoint, New York (196 Guernsey), straw and cement/plaster in Berlin (Multiplying the tenses, 2008). From Place Setting, Ben Larbi created smaller wall hanging pieces and more diverse environments for the blank picture frames, a waiting room at the entrance of the gallery and a living room in the back room.