James Benning

Decoding Fear, 2015

Silkscreen print, 65 x 65 cm

Edition of 12 (10 exclusively for the Kunstverein), signed, dated, numbered

2000,- Euro

James Benning, Decoding Fear, 2015, Photo: Fred Dott

It all started with maintenance work that James Benning (*1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, lives in Val Verde, California, USA) carried out on his own house in Sierra Nevada, California. After he was done, he immediately began with a new building project on his property, the precise replica of the cabin of Henry David Thoreau (1817—1862), and then the dwelling of Theodore Kaczynski (*1942). Both had withdrawn to modest log cabins at different times. Benning’s edition, produced exclusively for the Kunstverein in Hamburg, is a silkscreen print depicting the reproduction of the cabin of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Benning takes up Kaczynski's skepticism toward technological developments and their social consequences, and reflects on the ambivalence of the big American dream of (technological) progress, endless opportunities, freedom, and independence.

2015 Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (S)
2014 Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (S), Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (S), Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (G)
2013 Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (G), Artists Space, New York, USA (G)
2012 Centrum Voor Kunst en Media, Brussels, Belgium (S), 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (G), Hessel Museum of Art am Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA (G)


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