Reframing: Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume, Rembrandt

Ben Lansky

Year:

2017

Media:

Digital Print

Size (cm):

97 x 93 x NA

London 2018

Other works

Reframing: The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger

Ben Lansky

Year:

2017

Media:

Digital Print

Size (cm):

147 x 64 x NA

London 2018

Earth's motion around the Sun, not as simple as I thought

Ben Lansky

Year:

2017

Media:

Digital Video

Size (cm):

Variable x Variable x Variable

London 2018

Biography

Ben Lansky is an artist working with photographic techniques exploring many themes around the photographic image. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota and his Master’s in Art from Central Saint Martins in London.

Artist statement

Through the use of simple image and video editing software, Ben Lansky reorients the reality of his images.

Beginning with the idea of reconstructing the image of an object moving through space, Lansky’s video work plays with perspective, time, and motion to help us imagine a reality in which the sun orbits the earth, windmills rotate the ground on which they stand, and a simple coin toss can turn us upside down.

Lansky’s installation based photo works attempt to reveal the inaccuracies found in single point perspective. The human eye has an amazing ability to correct for extreme perspectives. But when reversed, and represented in two dimensions, this correction throws out our preconceived notions about the three-dimensional world and forces us to view two dimensions as three and three dimensions as two.

In both works, and through their distinct installation, Lansky questions what an image (moving or still) is capable of. The malleability of images, and their saturation within our everyday lives (from smart phones, to advertising) provides us with comfort and familiarity. Lansky’s works exploits that comfort.