Insides on the Outside


curated by

Yonatan Mishal

In house show of select paintings. Includes features below. Video, virtual, audio and exploration of topics around the Insides.

Pink Nose Clown Face

acrylic on canvas 


When everyday life is a number of mundane scenes, waiting somewhere or at the supermarket as examples, they can be made richer with delicate and small interactions between people. In art these unseen interactions can be expressed. It is a beautiful perspective on life. 

Ben Simon freezes a fleeting moment or a contrived pose and paints in emotions or thoughts in these every day scenes. The color and the brush marks are often strong or loud as interpretations of the inner world of emotions and thoughts inhabiting the scene. The interaction between the figures in their environment or between a figure and themselves when it is a portrait, is ultimately an interaction between Simon and his viewers.

Simon is fascinated with facial expressions sometimes subtle and sometimes exaggerated as expressions of humanity and less as describing a person in particular. Feelings and thoughts read on the surface of the faces of the portrayed. They are the stuff of interaction that Simon is interested in. The inner world of the figure is expressed on his face, and the inner world of the painter is laid out on the canvas expressively on the surface. The inside is on the surface.

Insides on the Outside


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