Erik Benjamins

29 September 2022

  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. Confessions of an Anonymous Recipe
  10. Crying Into the Breadbox
  11. Disintegrating Smeller
  12. Eric Payne
  13. Forgetting the Words
  14. Free Smells
  15. Happiness for Art21 Magazine
  16. Jeremy Hunter’s Practice of Life
  17. Running of the Interns
  18. Self-squaring and Double Acting
  19. Sitting Suite for Seed
  20. To Sit is to Time Travel
  21. Use All Five
  22. Wood Fire Chicken for Lucky Peach
  23. Young Joon Kwak’s ‘The Cave’
  24. Show All

Forgetting the Words 2018

A list poem, three ways (2018-2020).

A cascading column of words about contact, touch, and proximity respond to a photographic series of images made with a flatbed scanner-as-camera. First exhibited as a floor-to-ceiling, concrete poetry-inspired vinyl installation, this poem simultaneously described the mechanical processes with which the accompanying photographs were made while generally alluding to a language of the body and its pressures. In the following months, I worked with the printshop at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity to produce a letterpress adaptation, in which the words were printed in a blind deboss (sans ink), taking form through the pressure of metal type onto paper. Recently, Foreland Catskill invited me to create a public work on the occasion of Upstate Art Weekend. We opted to render the poem in my handwriting, scaled to the building’s exterior as a two and a half story banner.

Forgetting the Words
River Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Summer, 2018

Limited Edition of 15, 2018
Letterpress on Stonehenge White 250gsm archival paper
8.5 x 17 in.
Printed at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity,
Banff, Alberta, CA

Upstate Art Weekend
25 x 15 ft. vinyl banner
Foreland, Catskill, NY
Summer, 2020