Erik Benjamins

28 September 2020

  1. After-Dinner Walk
  2. Alex Reed’s Home Work
  3. Ben Sanders is Drawing at the Dinner Table
  4. Bookends & Good Hugging
  5. Bookshelves & Hard Optimism
  6. Bottega Louie
  7. Building Block
  8. Butts of Florence
  9. Crying Into the Breadbox
  10. Disintegrating Smeller
  11. Eric Payne
  12. Forgetting the Words
  13. Free Smells
  14. Happiness for Art21 Magazine
  15. Jeremy Hunter’s Practice of Life
  16. SBCo
  17. Self-squaring and Double Acting
  18. Sitting Suite for Seed
  19. Use All Five
  20. Wood Fire Chicken for Lucky Peach
  21. Young Joon Kwak’s ‘The Cave’
  22. Show All

Ben Sanders is Drawing at the Dinner Table 2020

A commissioned essay for Bonsai by Ben Sanders (2020).

One afternoon during his daughter’s nap time, multidisciplinary artist and good-living polymath, Ben Sanders, started drawing bonsai at the dinner table. Some weeks and 200 drawings later, Ben had exhausted his carefree exploration of the miniature trees, gleefully unrooted from slower speeds of natural growth and steady, copper-wired alteration. Invited to write an essay to introduce the series for a forthcoming book and solo exhibition, I focused on the project’s inviting qualities as a uniquely domestic kind of creative making.

Published by Ampersand Editions
Portland, OR
Designed by Benjamin Critton Art Dept.
First Edition of 250, 2020
208 pages, Full Color, 12 x 9.5 in.