Postmasters Gallery shows the exhibition of two new video works by Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner opening on January 5 and remaining on view until February 9, 2008. This will be the artist's third show with Postmasters.
"Stealing Beauty" was completed during the artist's DAAD residency in Berlin and received 2007 Kunst Film Biennale Award in Cologne in November. "I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it" is an installation originally commissioned for 2007 edition of Munster Sculpture Project shown there between June and September.
In both works Ben-Ner continues to use his family exploring, exposing and exploiting the relationship he has with his children. Do-It-Yourself playful "home movies" where deceptive simplicity hides complex, multilayered ideas are Ben-Ner's unique calling card.
The meaning of owning, stealing, borrowing, taking and giving things away forms the conceptual core of the two works in the show.
"Stealing Beauty" was shot without permission at numerous IKEA stores around New York, Berlin and Tel Aviv. In the movie the Ben-Ners quite naturally inhabit idealized showroom interiors with price tags dangling from furniture, and shoppers occasionally interrupting the family's daily routines. Because of the hit-and-run filming, the traditional cinematic continuity is abandoned and the changing sets are stand-ins for their home. The narrative, however, remains linear as the father offers life lessons on the subjects of economic exchange, meaning of private property, ethics, and family love eventually leading to the children's rebellious manifesto.