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Benjamin
Resin, steel, cast foam, fabric, acrylic, ink and human hair
Dimensions variable, approximately 112 x 84 inches installed
2008

Benjamin is a multi-part installation comprised of a pair of legs and 132 foam bookforms. We chose fourteen books from a second-hand bookstore in upstate New York, which the store donated for the work. After making molds in plaster and resin of the books, we poured liquid foam into the cavities to create the bookforms. We designed book covers, combining symbols, icons and signs and effacing imaginary titles and authors with colorful graphic elements. These covers were heat transferred onto the spongey "books" and hand finished with acrylic paint. Each is unique. Their purported subject matter varies from the personal to the global, the historical to the ephemeral, popular culture, culinary arts and philosophy. The legs were cast from Jeff's son, Benjamin, unintentionally painfully (hence the hair), and then clothed in Jeff's old jeans.

Benjamin is part of a larger body of work titled "Language Barrier"