School 33 Art Center

Exhibits

soft obstacle

02/15/2019 - 04/27/2019
soft obstacle
Ben Piwowar’s studio practice combines drawing, painting, and sculptural strategies, deployingan abstract visual vocabulary to evoke states of vulnerability and flux. With soft obstacle, hepopulates the Project Space with works on paper and a series of cast abstract forms. Thedialogue between objects and drawings sets the stage for a new, improvised installation that willundergo subtle mutations over the course of the exhibition.To develop soft obstacle, the artist draws on a trove of salvaged material - studio ephemera,cast-offs from construction sites, and things found while walking around the city. He repurposesthese fragments through paint application, light carpentry, and strategic placement - taking careto preserve, and often underscore, their quirks and subtle irregularities. Piwowar explores theways that modest interventions can activate and realign a viewer’s experience of a space.Here, the gallery becomes a provisional ecosystem where displaced organisms learn to standalone, then together, through a made-up logic.