Opening Reception: Friday September 10 from 7pm to 11pm
The Fridge presents a few more drawings… all new work by DC-based artist Ben Tolman. This show will consist of ink drawings revealing the whole range of Tolman’s art making process from doodles on napkins to obsessively crafted works. In the words of the artist, “These drawings are the detritus of my personal experience within this absurdly complex machine of existence.” The opening will feature a special performance from Bellflur.
The exhibition will be on view through October 9
In Ben Tolman’s words:
“Perhaps you’ll let me be informal for just a moment. I like clean edges and nice frames just as much as anyone, but there is a certain amount of individuality or authenticity that is lost when formal structures are followed. Most of the work I have exhibited to date has been obsessively detailed large format drawings but much of my creative output happens elsewhere. This is the space of constant doodling and experimentation where I continue drawing for the same reason I did as a child, the free exploration of my imagination. This exhibition is meant to open a window to that process.
Through art, whatever the form, I create a space for myself to slow down and reflect on this grand, unlikely experience I am embedded within. When you strip away the details, this is all an attempt to get at what this experience of existing right now is, what it means, what it feels like. Not as a philosophical discussion, but the lived experience within culture, operating between the mundane patterns of everyday life and the extraordinary peculiarity of life itself.
I was raised in a conservative Mormon family. The meaning of life came in a neat packaged box but fell apart with the slightest bit of scrutiny. Long ago as a child, I abandoned any existing cultural mythology as an explanation for life and have been exploring this mystery, and creating my own mythology through art, ever since. Without any prepackaged creation stories, I have the freedom to just reflect on the mystery, beauty and horror of it all without any prejudice. The more I learn, the stranger everything becomes. But this grandeur of possible thoughts and experiences has to still be tempered with the same mundane tasks and struggles of the daily slog through life that has always been with mankind. These drawings are the detritus of my personal experience within this absurdly complex machine of existence.”
The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE REAR ALLEY Washington, DC 20003. Visit them online at www.thefridgedc.com or call then at 202.664.4151
The Fridge fall Gallery Hours are as follows:
- Wednesday–Thursday: 12pm–7pm
- Friday–Saturday: 12pm–8pm
- Sunday: 1pm–5pm