Nuit Blanche Toronto October 4, 2014, Toronto City Hall
Split Chorale for Viljo Revell, with Kathryn Andrews
Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, opening Oct. 9, 2014
VSF presents a new site-specific outdoor sculpture and sound installation by Los Angeles-based artist Scott Benzel.
AND YES, I EVEN REMEMBER YOU.
July 18 to August 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 18, 6pm – 9pm
Scott Benzel, Patricia Fernández, Hailey Loman, D’Ette Nogle, Mungo Thomson
Curated by Eric Kim
“… [I]ndividual experience is clearly inseparable from the culture in which it is constituted. This truth is in fact at the root of the most beautiful mysteries of life. Thus, in our intermediations, we can share with one another an immensely rich history of experience and reflection. Yet as individuals, at the same time, we may run the risk of losing a sense of personal identity, and growing blank in the process—like the postcard photographer’s gaze as he captures his empty images.”
- Allan McCollum
Art Observed Review
June 25 – August 8, 2014
630 Greenwich Street NY
Maccarone proudly announces our first exhibition of Scott Benzel, opening June 25th through August 8th, 2014, featuring a selection of the artist’s works from 2009 to the present. On the occasion of the opening Benzel will perform, Folk Action and Non-Genre III for Belt Sanders and Female Black Metal Guitarist featuring Alex Niemetz.
Benzel’s practice can be understood as an exploration of cultural histories and their subsequent mythologies. Collecting fragments, remnants, and ephemera in an indexical manner, Benzel combines these often forgotten objects into aggregates of contradiction and altered meaning. With sculptural installations, photographic works, and sound he inhabits the role of artist as researcher. Unhinging each object’s original use-value through accumulation, misuse and convergence, obscure narratives form. Objects include:
metallic c-print of ‘Slash’ image of Spock; metallic c-print of ‘Fakir’ image of Lady Diana; counterfeit Nike SB Dunk ‘Heaven’s Gate’ shoes; The Trip original movie posters with original censorship stickers; Bison Dele,last game-worn jersey; The Beach Boys, ‘Never Learn Not to Love’ 45 RPM single; Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung; Esquire Magazine December 1967 editorial featuring Sharon Tate, ‘A Beginners Guide to Mao Tse-Tung’; Life Magazine December 1969 editorial featuring ‘The Wreck of a Monstrous Family’; Polish film poster for Weekend U Berniego; Polish film poster for Miłošč Szmaragd I Krokodyl; archival pigment prints of unused alien prototypes from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey; archival pigment prints of storyboards from the unrealized film The Story; ‘Love Roses’ disguised pipes; ‘Lipstick’ disguised pipe; U.S. Postal Service stamps depicting The Statue of Liberty at New York, New York, Las Vegas; The Silver Apples’ debut LP with Kmart 99c Special Sale sticker; Artforum magazine November 1974 featuring ad for Lynda Benglis at Paula Cooper Gallery; ‘Hi-Liter’ disguised pipe; October Magazine No. 1, Spring 1976, featuring Michel Foucault, “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe”; video featuring The Beach Boys performing ‘Never Learn Not to Love’ live on the Mike Douglas show with: 1. original sound 2. Charles Manson singing ‘Cease to Exist’ 3. ‘Never Learn Not to Love’ (studio version); archival pigment print of Bob Dylan’s hair; archival pigment print of flames of monk self-immolating; Knabe baby grand piano; c-print of woman with spectrum-dyed hair; Rode NK1 tube microphone; DR microphone stand; Kicker Comp 15 bass speakers; Shure SM58 microphone; Ultravoice XM8500 microphones; spectrum-colored XLR cables; Samson Servo 1200 amplifier; Yamaha EMX 212S power mixer; Shuggie Otis ‘Freedom Flight’ LP; two Allen Ruppersberg color xeroxes; Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko with stickers; Post-WWII German postcard with overprinting; Post-Islamic-Revolution Iranian banknote with overprinting; British pound coin with over- stamping; metallic c-print of Barker Ranch, Death Valley, CA; two glasses of seawater; yellow polypropylene rope forming two nooses; Leonard Nimoy-designed monogrammed towel; counterfeit Leonard Nimoy-designed monogrammed towel; Malcolm Mclaren business card; counterfeit Malcolm Mclaren business cards; Gustav Metzger object; counterfeit Gustav Metzger objects; silver gelatin print of plastic flower; metallic c-print of L.A. Times recreation of Patricia Hearst’s point of view on Mel’s Sporting Goods, site of SLA shootout, May 16th, 1974; The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward; Library of Congress facsimile of The Jefferson Bible by Thomas Jefferson; Vietnam War-era Vietnamese Bible; Tijuana Bibles – Jean Harloe and Clark Gable; The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album); Kiosk displaying various books and magazines modeled after Jean-Luc Godard’s “ideology shop” in One Plus One.
Scott Benzel was born in 1968 in Scottsdale, AZ and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been shown or performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, LA><ART, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and was featured in Made in LA 2012, the first Los Angeles Biennial, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Benzel has curated shows at the MAK Center/Schindler House, Los Angeles and the Welcome Inn, Eagle Rock, CA, as part of Pacific Standard Time organized by the Getty Museum, among others.
For more information on the exhibition, please call the gallery at 212 431 4977 or email email@example.com.Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM.
Scott Benzel Part-Objects Book Release LA Art Book Fair and LACA Jan. 30-Feb. 2 published by Human Resources Press and Lockitch Press, Texts by Eric Kim and Catherine Taft. Limited edition hardcover.
Available for online purchase: Art Metropole
http://lacarchive.com/ Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
http://laartbookfair.net/ MOCA Geffen Contemporary Jan. 30- Feb. 2
Mark Hagen and Scott Benzel Coprolite Selections, Art Los Angeles Contemporary Jan. 30-Feb. 2
Art Observed Review, Scott Benzel at Maccarone, by O.C. Yerebakan
Selected Essays from PART-OBJECTS, by Catherine Taft and Eric Kim
CAM St. Louis Front Room Projects Essay, curated by Laura Fried
In the Good Name of the Company, Jan Tumlir, Chistopher Michlig, Brian Roettinger, Picturebox/For Your Art
In the good name of the company artforum.com Review by Kurt Mueller pdf
Made in L.A. Artforum Review by Michael Ned Holte pdf
Made in L.A. catalog essay by Kurt Mueller pdf
Ivory Neige, L’origine du Monde, Magic Eraser, Essay by Theresa Choi pdf
Between Connoisseurship and Humiliation Essay by Michael Haight pdf
Artforum Best of 2011 by Michael Ned Holte pdf
Artforum Review by Catherine Taft pdf
ArtReview Review by Andrew Berardini pdf
Seven Los Angeles Artists Index.pdf
Seven Los Angeles Artists Essay.pdf by Scott Benzel
Sublimated Los Angeles.pdf by Scott Benzel
Maldistribution I pdf by Scott Benzel
Maldistribution Checklist pdf
Dicer Troll.pdf from Maldistribution by Scott Benzel
Bison Dele pdf from Maldistribution by Scott Benzel
Artforum Best of 2009 by Stephen Prina pdf
LAAIR/Air de Paris, live performance at Shanaynay, Paris, 2013
Audio from PART-OBJECTS, a collaboration with Anita Pace, Perform Chinatown 2013
Spectrum (installation audio excerpt), (2013) Human Resources
Scott Benzel plays selections from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of Feb. 28, 2013 (2013) Dem Passwords, LA
The Recitation from Profondeurs Vertes Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel Musee Louvre Paris (released 2012)
Exposition Chaos from A|D Liz Glynn and Scott Benzel with Corey Fogel and Giles Miller (2012) Public Fiction, LA
Sines (for Michael Asher) Excerpt 2 channel version of a 4 channel installation (2011) CAM St. Louis
Concentric Circles (before and after David Smith) Mvmt I for 3 lock-groove lacquers and string trio (2010) LACMA
Fewg Flash Bam Pow Music from the Trip (1967) in the style of…(2009) SASSAS Program PDF * **
Inversion I (retrograde) Excerpt Inversion I (retrograde) after Dennis Wilson (2010) Blum and Poe* **
Blak Bloc I Excerpt Blak Bloc II Excerpt BLAK BLOC FOR STRING QUARTET AND FEEDBACK (2009)* **
Nativity Electronique Coda from Day is Done- Original Soundtrack by Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel (2005)*
*full album available on iTunes ** full album available on Spotify
Human Resources presents Scott Benzel and What does possession mean to you? Opening and Performances Saturday April 27 7-10PM
Shows Close Saturday May 18
Artforum Must See Show
Object index pdf
Human Resources is pleased to present two concurrent shows by Scott Benzel. The downstairs space will feature a show of the artist’s recent work including large-scale installations, vitrines containing new works, and performances. The upstairs will feature What does Possession Mean to You? a selection of works and objects from Benzel’s collection to be deaccessioned, stored, or promised to individuals and institutions following the close of the show.
A new performance, Un Coup de Des / Presence, and a ‘recombination’ of Benzel’s Folk History and Non-Genre I for Female Black Metal Guitarist and Belt Sanders (2012), will take place during the opening Saturday April 27 from 7-10 pm.
Scott Benzel is a Los Angeles-based artist and composer. His work was featured in Made in LA 2012 at the Hammer Museum and has been shown or performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, LAXART, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. This is his second solo show at Human Resources.
Human Resources is a team of creative individuals which seeks to broaden engagement with contemporary and conceptual art, with an emphasis on performative and underexposed modes of expression.
Photographs Jennie Warren iPhone photographs by Cindy Bernard and Scott Marvel Cassidy
Scott Benzel: W.W.A.R./ Die Dritte Generation
Review by Sam Bloch PDF
4pm, Saturday Jan. 26 ALAC Ruskin Theatre Santa Monica Airport
Art Los Angeles Contemporary presents the debut of Scott Benzel W.W.A.R. / Die Dritte Generation for belt sanders, amplified newton’s cradles, bass speakers, glass, magnetic tape,viola, violin, and voice.
Taking as starting points Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Die Dritte Generation and Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation, Benzel’s ‘performative environment’ features performers installing and then acting upon various musical and visual constructions (some repurposed from previous performances) including a belt sander racetrack, amplified newton’s cradles, a coffee table supported by bass speakers, and a long magnetic tape loop.
An Homage to Mike Kelley presented by Gagosian Gallery
also LA Art Book Fair, MOCA
List of Contributors
Index of Works
A Minor Canon, contribution to An Homage to Mike Kelley:
The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film
by Michael J. Weldon
by Comte De Lautreamont
The Sad Sack (Classics of Modern American Humor Series)
by George Baker
Harry Partch: Enclosure 3
by Harry Partch, Philip Blackburn
The four seasons and the archangels: experience of the course of the year in four cosmic imaginations;: Five lectures given in Dornach, Switzerland, from 5th to 13th October 1923
by Rudolf Steiner
The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space
by John Cunningham Lilly
Japrocksampler: How the Post-War Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock ‘n’ Roll
by Julian Cope
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
by George E. Lewis
The All-American Outhouse: Stories, Design & Construction
by Bob Cary
Reich Speaks of Freud : Wilhelm Reich Discusses His Work and His Relationship with Sigmund Freud
by Wilhelm Reich; Higgins, Mary; Raphael, Chester M.; Pol, Therese Reich
by Eric Braun
by R.E.L. Masters, J. Houston
by Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Philip Glass,Claes Oldenburg, Jack Kerouac, Richard Kostelanetz (Editor)
The Gertrude Stein Reader: The Great American Pioneer of Avant-Garde Letters
by Gertrude Stein, Richard Kostelanetz (Editor)
H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
by Michel Houellebecq
The Psychoanalysis of Children (The Writings of Melanie Klein, Vol. 2)
by Melanie Klein, H. A. Thorner (Editor), Alix Strachey(Translator)
by Jack Kirby
Psychic Photography: Threshold of a New Science?
by Hans Holzer
Detroit Television (Images of America)
by Tim Kiska , Ed Golick
by Rudolf Steiner
A|D, a meal in five acts by Liz Glynn
Music orchestrated by Scott Benzel, performed by Corey Fogel and Giles Miller.
As part of Scott Benzel’s current exhibition The Academy / The Chthonic at Eleusis
“…most important of all is the structure of the incidents.
For Tragedy is an imitation, not of men, but of an action and of life,
and life consists in action, and its end is a mode of action, not a quality.”
The Academy/The Chthonic at Eleusis one person show at Public Fiction opens September 21
With a live performance by Ezra Buchla
& a tape-loop by Scott Benzel:
Sines for Michael Asher 2-channel loop 15 ips – 7 ips- performed by Allison Wyper and Jos McKain
This stage of sorts will host a series of performances & events. Including:
A set of dinners by Liz Glynn on October 12th &13th.
Tape Music at the Schindler House, MAK Center, Los Angeles, featuring William Basinski, John Wiese, Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley, Pauline Oliveros, Cortical Foundation curated by Scott Benzel August 25, presented by SASSAS Program PDF
Michael Ned Holte Artforum Review
Made in L.A. catalog essay by Kurt Mueller pdf
Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (for M.K.) in collaboration with Mark Hagen, Blum and Poe Sept. 15, 5:30pm
Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (for M.K.) in collaboration with Mark Hagen, LAXART, Sept. 1, 8pm
Venice Beach Biennial with Mark Hagen July 13-15
(Threnody) A beginner’s guide to Mao Tse-Tung for 2 tape loops, dancers, violin, viola, cello, and percussion
(Threnody) Program Pdf
Made in L.A. catalog essay by Kurt Mueller pdf
(Threnody) A Beginner’s Guide to Mao Tse-Tung-June 22 7:30 pm @ Hammer
(Threnody) June 28 7:30 pm @ Hammer
SCOTT BENZEL: IVORY NEIGE, L’ORIGINE DU MONDE, MAGIC ERASER at CCS Bard
Essay by Theresa Choi pdf
Kathryn Andrews and Scott Benzel: Opus 1 Performance at Hip-O Ranch Marfa, TX, for Ballroom Marfa, 5.26.12