Ben Weiner: Material And Illusion

Enveloping oil paintings and stop-motion videos constitute the bulk of Ben Weiner’s current solo show at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Material And Illusion, the show is only running through July 3rd, 2010, so please catch this minimalistic, abstract breath of fresh air while you still can.

(Note of interest: rather than writing out his materials in layman’s terms, Weiner opts to use chemical names, adding to the whole illusion for the show. An example of materials used in his work: C3H8O2, H2O, NaC18H36O2, C9H10O2, C28H20N2Na2O8S2.)

Below are screen shots from his video clips:

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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