I don’t think it’s possible to get any more self-reflexive than Ben Weiner has in his series Paint Cycle. Weiner’s paintings of paint embody the idea of texture while remaining two dimensional in their execution, causing the brain to do a double take. Combining the worlds of photo realism and abstraction, two seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum, Paint Cycle explores the conceptual as much as it does the physical. Vivid, lush, and extremely detailed, the content of this work is just as interesting as its form. As Weiner himself states, it’s as much about the subject as it is the painter’s relationship to it:
“I think that conceptually it’s very much about still life and the relationship between a painter and an object and observing that object; distilling that image after several hours of observation.”
Needless to say, I’m obsessed and could observe the end results for as long as the painter did his subject.