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4:38 pm

ART | ALEXIS ARNOLD


Alexis Arnold's practise is material and process drive. She utilises sculpture, installations and mixed media 2-D art to create a dialogue around time, transformation and perception. Her crystallised book series is so so beautiful. Fragile yet strong at the same time. Frozen in time, words locked in a crystal tomb.
McSweeny's 39
13 x 8 x 8 inches, 2015
Hugh Johnson’s Story of Wine
10.5 x 9 x 10.75 inches, 2016

“The crystals remove the text and solidify the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. These pieces are transformed into artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and memory. The crystals and book shapes spark a sense of wonder akin to a great piece of literature.”  


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2:40 pm

BENAH BOOK CLUB | NEON LOVERS GLOW IN THE DARK

Welcome to Benah Bookclub. Where we explore books we love, own or admire and celebrate independent and interesting publishers, books stores and sites. Owning beautiful books is one of the great joys in life. 
Print is not dead, just more luxurious!

Publisher/Copyright : Museum of Neon Art Los Angeles
Artist : Lili Lakich
Printed and Bound by Dai Nippon Co. Tokyo Japan
Pages: 96 pages
Cover: Hardcover cloth bound with foil emboss
Publication Date: 1986
Language: English

 

Lili Lakich (born June 4, 1944) is a pioneer of neon sculpture. She began making art in the 60's and choose neon because at the time no one had considered it a medium worthy of fine art. It was a medium for advertising - sleazy bars, shoe repair shops and cheap motels. It was the connection between the stigma of neon and the equal contempt with which emotions are regarded in our culture that informed Lili's early work. Her first light sculpture was a self-portrait with tiny light bulbs controlled by a motor, blinking down her face like tears. 
"For the first time in my life, I felt that I had really and absolutely expressed myself. For me, art is cathartic—-a means of packaging emotion and exorcising it. Once I had made a portrait of myself crying, I could stop crying. The sculpture cried for me. If you can express mangled feelings in a work of art, you can overpower them. They then exist as a set of lines, colours and forms. They're no longer an amorphous nausea eating away at your gut. They're incorporated into an object. You can see it. You can hang it on a wall. And if you can make it beautiful, you can somehow feel that it has sanctity...that it is an icon capable of arousing an emotional response in other people as well." 
"We are given support for denying our emotions, for not being 'hung up', for not wallowing in depression or pain, for not expressing and opinion for fear of hurting someone. I believe in emotion. I believe in wallowing in it"
It was these emotions that lead her to create our favourite work in the book - Vacancy/No Vacancy (1973). A contemporary Madonna who puts forward her availability or lack of it in no certain terms. A flick of a switch will change her from an open and willing seeker of intimacy to a woman who needs nothing from anyone.


Neon Lovers Glow In The Dark was published in conjunction with her exhibition of the same name in 1986. But its so much more than a catalogue of the art, its a personal journey through her creative process and inspirations which lead to the development and creation of each sculpture. Featuring illustrations, photos and colour plates, It is a highly personal document by one of the pioneers of neon art.
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9:45 pm

BENAH BOOK CLUB | The Day Of My Death

Welcome to Benah Bookclub. Where we explore books we love, own or admire and celebrate independent and interesting publishers, books stores and sites. Owning beautiful books is one of the great joys in life. Print is not dead, just more luxurious!



Man of the moment Gosha Rubchinskiy's cult aesthetic has attracted legions of devoted fans. The man is shaking up the men's streetwear game and wherever the Russian designer goes, young, socially and style obsessed consumers follow. The Day of My Death marks Gosha's third collaboration with publisher IDEA books and follows his sold out hits Kids (2014) and Youth Hotel (2015).

Publisher/Copyright : IDEA
Author/Photographer: Gosha Rubchinskiy
Cover: Soft with slip cover
Publication Date: 2016


At just 1,000 copies, the US$62 limited-edition book will be exclusively available from June 25th at COMME des GARÇONS Trading Museum in Paris, Dover Street Market London, New York, Ginza Tokyo and online from the 27th here and here.

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8:24 pm

ART | REN HANG

Photographer Ren Hang has certainly made a name for himself. Notably, to the authorities back in his homeland of China who want to censor him, or more to the point, arrest him. But in art circles around the world he's known as photography's new blood, shooting his friends in the nude, sometimes in deliberately provocative and explicit poses. 


You may not know his name yet, but you definitely would have seen some of his images floating around social media. If you are in LA check out his new exhibition - What we do is secret - and get his latest book here before its sells out like the rest of them.

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2:10 pm

Benah Loves | Kathleen Whitaker

Kathleen Whitaker’s launched her line in 2003 and we are big fans of her brand. Designed and made in downtown Los Angeles she is known for her “staple” and “sequin” studs and has recently expanded to include beautiful stones. These one-of-a-kind, limited-edition designs combine semi-precious gemstones with the simplest geometric forms. All handmade, the gold components contrast with the organic, elemental stones while adhering to a balance of form and proportion. The result is incredibly striking in their simplicity but so rich in appearance.





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10:07 am

BENAH BOOK CLUB | FULL MOON

Welcome to Benah Bookclub. Where we explore books we love, own or admire and celebrate independent and interesting publishers, books stores and sites. Owning beautiful books is one of the great joys in life. Print is not dead, just more luxurious!

Publisher/Copyright : Taschen
Author/Photographer: Darron Almond
Editor : Hans Werner Holzwarth
Pages: 400
Cover: Hardcover
Publication Date: 2014
Language: English/French/German

Full moon features more than 260 photographs by British artist Darren Almond. As the name suggests, all images are taken under the light of the full moon using long exposures to illuminated the landscapes almost like daybreak.  The enhanced moonlight infuses the landscapes with a sense of the surreal or the sublime. Shadows lose their edges; they become soft and almost indistinct with haunting ideas of time, nature and beauty.




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