Underlying many of Ben-Ner’s videos is the tension that exists between his dual roles as artist and father. Choosing to work at home when his first child was born, Ben-Ner has since incorporated his domestic life into his artistic practice. While he cleverly uses his everyday situations for material, Ben-Ner simultaneously addresses a sense of ambivalence and anxiety about the marriage of work and family. Themes of isolation, obsession, entrapment, and escape are explored hand-in-hand with the artist’s investigation of the fertile role of adventure, play, and make-believe in the creative process – not to mention the routines of daily life.
Ben-Ner’s work has been seen at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2005), Sculpture Projekte, Muenster (2007), and the Shanghai Biennale (2008) and was recently featured in the Liverpool Biennial (2008). The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006); Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2006); Museum of Montreal, Montreal (2007); and L’Espace Shawinigan of the National Gallery of Canada (2008).
Organized by MASS MoCA in cooperation with the National Gallery of Canada.
New Work, 2009