Hailing from Jerusalem, artist and architect Benji Boyadgian combines his practices to explore the themes of heritage, territory, architecture, and landscape through both abstract and realist perspectives. His abstract works seem to colorfully mimic the state of the city in which the artist has spent his life living in, and perhaps also represents something even more personal for Boyadgian. The traditional patterns (native to his area) become jumbled with snaking and intertwined, bold strikes of color that disassemble and merge together with the uniform design of the past. This approaches the same theme that his black and white landscape paintings reach for. His realist paintings capture pieces of overgrown ruins that can be found in areas around Jerusalem – areas such as Wadi el-Shami that are disappearing under the stress of modern expansion – and documents them as if they are already a part of the past. Benji’s work, especially when taken in all at once and considered for a time, takes on a very real sense of being somewhere between appreciating the timelessness of a place so rich in culture and history and realizing its state of transition into something that we won’t necessarily recognize. How does the artist’s work change the way people see things? How does this concept change the way we view the world around us? Search through his work below!
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