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Ben Bunch

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Entanglements – Ben Bunch, Evan Levine
October 23 – December 05, 2010
The Proposition, New York


BEN BUNCH
“Pop-Up” came out of an experience of working on the insides of old coin operated arcade boxes. The vision I had was of an arcade box unfurled and becoming alive where the guts could keep the machine standing on its own, even though the skin had been removed. This imaginary deconstruction represented the power that these machines used to have transporting their users into another world. Even though most of these machines have been retired and disused I wanted to portray the nostalgia of that experience as still potent.”

“Drill, Baby, Drill” combines two extremes of my practice: making objects that appear abstract and realistic. On one side is the invented object and on the other is the realistic object. In this case there is a faithfully represented video game controller from the 1980’s Atari game system. A foam cord connects it to another object. The other object is a playful machine like abstraction. This machine looking object is made up of mechanical parts such as cogs, buttons, switches and a drill auger, which are symbolic of mechanical functions. Delicately balanced like a top, the abstract machine is tethered to the game controller, which gives the impression that it can be manipulated. The machine and controller relationship within the piece speaks to more general theme about extensions of the body. The game controller acts as an extension of the user to navigate an area otherwise inaccessible without the controller.”




Ben Bunch
New York, NY
New York
North America


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