Exhibition dates: 23 July 2015 – 23 August 2013
The Breeder Residency Program is pleased to present Ben Wolf Noam's exhibition Field of Ares at Romantso Cultural Center in Athens. The exhibition is the result of Ben Wolf Noam's four week residency in Athens and will include works that were produced during that time and reflect his experiences in the city. Ben Wolf Noam is the inagural resident of The Breeder Residency Program, which is curated by Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos. The show also marks the beginning of the collaboration between The Breeder and Romantso Cultural Center.
Ben Wolf Noam makes paintings and installations that draw together the natural and the digital, projecting the forms of local foliage onto the two dimensional space of the canvas. The surface of his painting is further flattened through the use of processes that recreate gradients and masking—the visual vernacular of the digital age. The paintings reflect the outcome of a decade of research into processes that reinterpret digital image-making techniques within analog media, translating the tools of Photoshop—gradient fills, stamps, and alpha layers—into forms of painting.
For Field of Ares, Wolf Noam presents new paintings that extend these methods to reckon with the current moment in Greece, as Athens braced itself for economic turmoil while demonstrating patience and civility in the streets. Under threat from European economic leadership, Wolf Noam was struck by the persistence of dignity and openness within Greek society. The Field of Ares park -one of Athens' largest public spaces- embodied these contradictions. A large and well-used park dedicated to Greek independence, it celebrates national heroes even as it houses people dispossessed by the recent crisis. By drawing the materials of this park -the backdrop for a complex and not untroubled contemporary social arena -into his work, Wolf Noam engages with this specific site while simultaneous using its vestiges to create a new space of engagement within the show.
Ben Wolf Noam was born in Cambridge, MA, in 1987, and received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. He has exhibited throughout America, Europe and the Middle East. Exhibitions include Suzanne Geiss Co. (New York), Museo di Capodimonte (Naples, Italy), Martos Gallery (Los Angeles), Hooper Projects (Los Angeles), Metropolitan Art Society (Beirut, Lebanon), HUS Gallery (London, England), Brand New Gallery (Milan, Italy), and others. He has had performances commissioned by Night Gallery and PS1 MoMA.
Ben Wolf Noam's visual, curatorial, and performative work has been presented in The Observer, Vice, T Magazine, ArtFCity, Art in America, Artforum, Nylon, Purple Magazine and many others. He lives in between Los Angeles and New York City.