Ben Charles Weiner

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Gel monochrome 1, 2016, oil on linen, 80 x 56 inches
Gel monochrome 2, 2016, oil on linen, 24 x 37 inches
Silicone Painting 1, 2016, oil on linen, 21 x 30 inches
Silicone Painting 3, 2016, oil on linen, 56 x 80 inches
Silicone Paintings, (installation view), 2016
Ben Charles
Artist's Statement

My paintings and mixed media works explore the synthetic customization of the body and its expression. I use drugs and enhancement products as both subject and medium to reflect the collapse of the imaginary and the physical as we push our bodies’ limits.

In my work with synthetic textures such as silicone and hair gel, I approach painting as a precision performance, in which my attempt to create a flawless image is mirrored by the body- enhancing function of the product I depict. Within a series of paintings, I reformat the same image by painting it onto canvases of varying sizes and dimensions in order to explore a mechanical customization of expression.

I create my drawings by soaking them in mood- and productivity-altering drugs, to create chemically enhanced painterly gestures. Monochrome drawings or to-do lists are soaked and transformed into color-fields.


Born, 1980, Burlington, VT
Lives and works in Queens.

2003 BA, Studio Art, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


2016 Textures of You (solo), Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Olimpia’s Eyes, curated by Ben Charles Weiner and Jessica Hodin, Zevitas Marcus Gallery,Los Ageles, CA
2015 Cloud 9, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2014 Post-Psychedelic Dreams, Grey Area / Grey East at Glenn Horowitz, East Hampton, NY. Curated by Kyle DeWoody
2013 Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Mana Contemporary Art Center, Jersey City, NJ
2011 Ben Weiner: Paintings and Video (solo), The Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
2010 Under the Influence of Fashion and Finance, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Malibu, CA
2009 Full Circle: Ten Years of Radius, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Curated by Regine Basha