Erik Benjamins

25 July 2024

  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. Built In at the Neutra VDL House
  8. Building Block
  9. Butts of Florence
  10. Confessions of an Anonymous Recipe
  11. Crying Into the Breadbox
  12. Disintegrating Smeller
  13. Eric Payne
  14. Forgetting the Words
  15. Free Smells
  16. Happiness for Art21 Magazine
  17. Running of the Interns
  18. Schindler Centennial for Cereal Magazine
  19. Self-squaring and Double Acting
  20. Sitting Suite for Seed
  21. To Sit is to Time Travel
  22. The Spongiologist’s Mantra
  23. Use All Five
  24. Wood Fire Chicken for Lucky Peach
  25. Young Joon Kwak’s ‘The Cave’
  26. 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.