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.











Sunday, February 18, 2024

COULD AN ACCIDENT DO THIS??

 

chaotic perhaps, but not random

Could an accident do this??
benjamin harubin 2023-24
19" x 11" x 4"
acrylic & latex paints, found items, silicone sealant


importance arbitrarily assigned to sacred signifiers through architectural design

Friday, February 16, 2024

Kikyo's Mantra

 

Kikyo's Mantra
benjamin harubin 2007-2023
17" x 12" x 5"
acrylics, magazine collage, plaster, found items on wood

rationalists & scientists have not found that definitive thing that magical spark the weight of the human soul that separates the living from the nonliving, rather there is set of descriptions a laundry list of a matter of philosophy Life is a quality that distinguishes matter that has biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from matter that does not, and is defined descriptively by the capacity for homeostasis, organisation, metabolism, growth, adaptation, response to stimuli, and reproduction. Many philosophical definitions of living systems have been proposed, such as self-organizing systems. Viruses in particular make definition difficult...¹  not to mention prions not to mention hair, fingernails, "dead" skin cells, mollusc shells, termite mounds, not to mention the internet, not to mention gravity, magnetic fields, streams of electrons and ions which connect everything everywhere infinitely (another philosophically ridiculous concept).

for many years this piece hung in the bathroom at Tito's but then one day came back to me and found new life.

"life is death, death is life"


Monday, February 5, 2024

FREE SKATE

Free Skate
benjamin harubin 2022
18" x 17" x 2"
acrylics, wood, paper, pencil, objets trouvĂ©s on printer casing
 


 

(this piece is the title of this piece)


INTERIOR LANDSCAPE

> junk philosophy, micro-poetronics, mystical materialism, punk surrealism, wordart, post-modern regressivism, semiotic neuro-optics, alien scientist perspectives, chaotic memetic generation, dissonant connectivity- - -   (evolution involution of the Unified Verse) 

Interior Landscape but Subjects Object
benjamin harubin 2016-2018
28" x 17"
acrylics, marker, pencil, vinyl record, polyester fabric on canvas on board



a dream i had where things were impossibly inconcievably huge, and i was a funnel down to this intricate, fleeting, infinitely dense, ridiculously nanoscopic field

Friday, February 2, 2024

Traumatized Before Birth

 

they told me
benjamin harubin 2023
computational collage
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we're going back to heal the trauma,

back to the past, have a look jack

take a snapshot of all the dominant threads

tease the terrors and terroirs

out of fossil wormcasts and worn genes,

a mathematically erected distance ladder of witness marks

a fine cathedral of past lives in light

did we make this?  are we inspired by this? 

are those hollow traces, bones, rocks and dandruff not dead?

vehicles, matter waves, in a large system, remanent magnetism

foundation, columns, fingernails, shingles

then there's no such thing as life or death?

no then.  

here, there, anywhere









Friday, March 24, 2023

Improbable Channels of the Living Continuum

Improbable Channels of the Living Continuum
benjamin harubin 2023
11" x 17" x 8"
wood, plastic, plaster, steel, acrylics

 



inscribed: ATTENTION: GUERRILLA COMMUNICATIONS ARE UTILIZING IMPROBABLE CHANNELS OF THE LIVING CONTINUUM / BE THEY ANGELS, AGENTS, ALIENS, OR VIRAL MEMES 

the loa are roaming cyberspace

but

there is no 'artificial' intelligence.  you did not make it, out of nothing.  there was no big bang.  there is no conspiracy.  JFK's head just did that.  

your fingernails and hair are just as much a part of you, the living organism, even though they are 'dead'. 

so too, your hat is part of this living blob in this living solar system. 





Thursday, March 2, 2023

Go Way Better Ocean

 

gowaybetterocean
benjamin harubin 2023
16.5" x 11"
bamboo paper wrapper, iron rust, colored pencil 


so now apparently computers can exhibit pareidolia and have recently started to "see pictures, ain't ya" & pull things out of their ass.  but maybe we should be less impressed with these basic elements of intelligence and pay more attention to the more amazing stuff. 

"our bamboo wrappers" - the paper is some kind of hot press finish, a nice satiny smooth surface; compostable, they say.  takes a stain well.



Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Night of the Living Chembots

Night of the Living Chembots
benjamin harubin 2022
16" x 12"
 acrylic, phosphorescent powder, marker, found objects on cotton cloth

Night of the Living Chembots (at night)

 


doing tricks -for treats

yearning to emerge