Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spray Tan - solo exhibition opening this Thursday at Soil Gallery Oct. 2nd, 5 - 8pm

Initially this exhibition was going to be a selection of unfinished works and objects that people always seem drawn to when visiting my studio.  Researching "unfinished art", I read an article in the New York Times from January 2014 on the subject, an earlier one in the Huffington Post, and looked at Donatello's non finito works.  However, when I began gathering the pieces from my studio, I felt like selecting and arranging these objects would in fact constitute the act completing them.  I considered collaborating with another artist to perform this task, but in the end decided it might be more fun to drop the concept and just finish some of the work...
Earlier this year I purchased an airbrush set-up that had previously been used at a Spray Tanning Salon.  During a Seattle Night Out block party in my Rainier Beach neighborhood, I volunteered to do airbrush face painting.  I got a feel for the airbrush at that time, and returning to my studio, decided it might be fun to give some of these unfinished works a "Spray Tan".    The works in this show are acrylic paint and ink on previously unfinished collage of various kinds of adhesive tape on architectural vellum film. 
Path, 24" x 24", acrylic paint and ink on vellum film with polyimide tape, 2014
Spray Tan, 8" x 13", acrylic paint and ink on vellum film with vinyl, polyimide and PTFE tape, 2014
Veil, 17.5"x18.5", acrylic paint and ink on vellum film with vinyl, and PTFE fiber tape, 2014

Thank you ArtsWest!

I want to thank Susanna Bluhm, the curatorial committee, ArtsWest staff and volunteers, and everyone that came out to the opening for making this two person show with Libby Gerber such a success.  For more info and images follow this link:


Monday, November 4, 2013

Smoke Screens open six more days at Joe Bar!!

Thanks everyone who made it out to the opening, and everyone who has gone to see the show during the last 3 weeks and let me know what they think.  In case you haven't had a chance to make it by, the show will be up through November 10th.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Joe Bar Cafe work is up!

The work is up and it looks great.  Deep thanks go out to Ben Beres for giving me the opportunity to present my work in this amazing location as well as to Steven Vroom for installation suggestions and general consultation.  Also to the wonderful staff at Joe Bar Cafe for their welcoming attitude and patience.

Joe Bar Cafe
810 E Roy St  Seattle, WA 98102

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Smoke Screens: Clouds and Exhaust - New Work at Joe Bar October 10th!

I’m happy to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of my most recent work at Joe Bar Café.  While I refer to these works as collage, I have heard them described as drawings, stained glass and plat maps.  These comparisons are reinforced by a recent emphasis on lines interacting with the quartered cumulus cloud motif recurrent in my work.  Each piece is constructed primarily of translucent adhesive backed vinyl and other tape on architectural vellum between two sheets of acrylic held together with standoff hardware allowing light to pass through.  The whole of this series has never been shown in Seattle and almost all works to be displayed are new.   
 Show dates October 10th – Nov 10th 
Opening Thursday October 10th 6pm – 9pm.   
Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Open Studio September 14th.  Noon - 6pm.
The INSCAPE artist's studios will be opening their doors to Autumn.  There will be live music, performance and lots of art to see.
815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle
my studio is in the basement, B-27.

I'll be displaying the work I am developing for exhibition at Joe Bar Cafe, opening Oct. 8th.  Come on by!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Welcome to the blog of Benjamin Hirschkoff.  Here you will find info about my recent work including upcoming exhibitions, open studio events, images of recent creative developments, work in progress, and other related announcements.  Thanks!
Tinder         translucent tape on vellum        9.5" x 13"       2013