art by benjamin harubin. text and art copyright benjamin harubin. posted in no particular order, from 1976 to the present. i have the capability to print the strictly digital works up to 40" with archival materials. some restrictions may apply.
contact email is bharubin provided by gmail with a com thrown in there for good measure. and a @, too.

click on pics to giganticize. dimensions are listed in order: horizontal, vertical, depth.











Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Saturday, May 28, 2022

no asylum

 

no asylum
benjamin harubin ©2022
27" x 16" x 6"
bricolage, cardboard, acrylic paint, pencil


no asylum
detail
benjamin harubin ©2022

no asylum
detail
benjamin harubin ©2022



memory palace but leaky and prone to transcription errors 

where you pick up those garbage words?

the fact that computers have become shockingly good at producing natural human language but being somewhat deficient in meaning and context should give us a hint about how basic it is for humans to produce natural human language. 

all the words we have ever heard are just moshing in our head pit?  not in the pith but in the cortex, the fruit?  what walnuts are carried away?  what are we building?

here is yet another input to the word salad surgery, the constant buffeting of the winds the electromagnetic chemical sonic winds of constant change sustainable war within and without you amen.

was this written by a computer?




Monday, May 23, 2022

The System

The System
benjamin harubin ©2022
8" x 14" x 8"
found objects, acrylic paint

 

an artifact

artifacts are always maps and maps are tools.  all tools are mapped to their use.  
this is a more accurate world tree diagram of the human experience than can be found in many a medieval or ancient mystical text, if used correctly.  
the universe can peek into the small universe and vice versa, through a variety of portals. 
all the magical woo woo and extraordinary states of mind are examples of our ignorance of the ways in which information can flow through systems within & systems without. 
"art", visual art in the art world of the present day, fulfills a number of different functions.
works of art are tools, sometimes wielded upon you and sometimes that you can wield upon yourself, sometimes as a bludgeon and sometimes as a portal through which mysterious energies can flow. 

although we have to say that the concept of artefact production and 'tool use' as some kind of special defining characteristic of intelligence is specious and arbitrary.  after all, we consider the shell of a mollusk an organ of the animal.  the termite mound is an organ of the termite superorganism.  are highways and skyscrapers any different?  

more animals are being added to the list of tool users.  the above is a track of where we've been.  watch the window worms.  

what people usually mean by the word think is the process of pre-vocal production of speech.  speech, and the further translation into text, are inherently one dimensional.   
all thought is one dimensional, like DNA spooling out of a ribosome, just a series of letters arranged in a single line, but how it interacts with the environment subsequently involves higher dimensions.  to us linelanders, thoughts appear as if by magic out of the black.







Tuesday, May 3, 2022

might have solved the mystery of PURPLE GROTTO

 

might have solved the mystery of PURPLE GROTTO
benjamin harubin ©2022
7" x 9" x 3"
wood, found objects, acrylic




not going to capitulate the first letter, as if you don't have a life,  i have a life, just like everyone, like they have the lock, they have the key, they have the walls, the membranes, the halls

human are like: i have the will to power like gimme go go gadget legs, so it makes this ridiculous termite mound of contraption of funkly rods and rubbers 

getting asymptotically closer to that magical mental curving line THAT MOST ELEGANT PHYSICS (appearing a butt ugly way to negotiate a series of turns to others, perhaps),  remember that your Most Grievous Mistakes could be appreciated aesthetically as picturesque ruins to a Romantic artist,,, kept a few of those cool columns in the garden after selling all those marble blocks to the shop mart peoples$$$$$ yes i stole the peaches













Words of the Shouting Tree

Words of the Shouting Tree
benjamin harubin ©2015
7" x 15" x 4"
canvas,  acrylic and collage


 

all plants sing, especially when they're happy, but sing all the time, and some trees shout watch out shout all the time watch me watch me like james brown 







Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Crucial Integration of the Flux

The Crucial Integration of the Flux
benjamin harubin 2021
20" x 27" x 14"
cordless phone, found objects, wood, cloth & acrylic

The Crucial Integration of the Flux
benjamin harubin 2021
detail
cordless phone, found objects, wood, cloth adhesives & acrylic



the crucial fiction for the bucks

All symbols operate in the society with a rather simple and discreet mechanism, granted that they run on top of trillions of highly complex biological cells, granted that when there are billions of societal units their interactions can be quite unpredictable. The actual snapping into place of the symbol into the brain is quick and not complex, however. What makes it seem busier is the fact that the symbol receiving apparatus has a small aperture that is only able to scan at a certain rate. As a result, the surface of the operation is fractal, seemingly random, like dreams- but it is merely chaotic, not random. There is a danger that exists in proximity to multiple symbol streams, perhaps at certain nodes that are unevenly distributed.  This can be when a vertical stream intersects a horizontal stream, representing two different modes of symbol propagation. Cognitive Dissonance' may result, leading to instabilities of various kinds, although error correction mechanisms normally function to prevent excess instability by merely editing out contradictory data, but the system can only tolerate a certain level of CD before the whole sky just opens up. 




'the crux of the biscuit











Sunday, March 13, 2022

Map of the Universe So Far

Map of the Universe So Far
benjamin harubin ©2007-2021
34" x 48" x 14"
canvas, wood, found objects, acrylic and paint stick


i don't make things.  i just watch them grow; houseplants. they take time to become visible to normal sight.   the critical path is not a straight line but the most efficient one (like a sailboat tacking into the wind).  nothing is forgotten; nothing is erased.  everything is fuel; everything is fire, of various rates.  it's a bit like life itself, and frankly i'm not sure where the exact edge is between what i do and what is done to me by the Quantum Field, which is good because that means the whole arrangement is highly and variously reflective and that is at least interesting.  

art is just us.  nothing is unnatural: the hair and fingernails; the termite's mound; the found stick; the automobile and computer.  we humans are the infectious muck that films this planet, busy converting chemicals into other chemicals, brewing and doing.  art is justice. 

Odd Hours

Odd Hours
benjamin harubin 2021
11" x 11" x 5"
cardboard, paper, banana, tape & paints



 

small ideas grow

at even hours

everything else happens

at odd ones


what if human psychology was the result of a collective of convenience of many different agents acting with little knowledge of each other's activities, and, indeed, running in different time streams each with their own kinds of clocks?