This is Ben's latest painting titled "Searching" to view the video go here ...his words below
I have always been conflicted between painting and film, painting it what I do, and film is what I have always wanted to do. So this project entitled searching is my attempt at both. The idea is to paint 4 near complete paintings celebrating four world religions. I met a young man in Orem Ut. who was a practicing Hassidic Jew. He had no obvious Jewish heritage beyond the trappings of his wispy beard and yamika. He timidly stocked groceries behind the towering boxes hiding from my inescapable gaze, as if he new I was on the model hunt. He never did model, no way he was going to shave his beard, but none the less he inspired the idea. The final piece is framed in a cathedral style about 6 inches deep with a drawer in the side containing an LCD monitor, thus allowing the narrative to play next to the final piece.