James Benning

Decoding Fear, 2015

2000* Euro

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 Both had withdrawn to modest log cabins at different times.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.

Exhibitions:


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)
     
  • Exhibitions:
  • 2015
  • Kunstverein in Hamburg (E)
  • 2014
  • Kunsthaus Graz, Österreich (E)
    Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin (E)
    Fridericianum, Kassel (G)

  • 2013
  • Kunstmuseum Basel, Schweiz (G)
    Artists Space, New York, USA (G)
  • 2012
  • Centrum Voor Kunst en Media, Brüssel, Belgien (E)
    21er Haus, Wien, Österreich (G)
    Hessel Museum of Art am Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA (G)
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