Get the Flu

September 1-27, 2012
Ever Gold Gallery
441 O'Farrell Street,
San Francisco, California

Press:
SFAQ / Art Business / Beautiful Decay

Ever Gold Gallery presents Get the Flu, a new body of work by Mark Benson. In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Benson explores avenues of comfort and relief. Looking to visualize the natural desire to be comfortable, safe, and healthy, Benson examines a selection of everyday appliances and their significance in our culture. The objects and imagery used in Get the Flu reference the ways in which we aspire to control elements of our lives, from atmospheric surroundings to personal health. Control is a continuing concern in Benson’s work and is activated here by asking viewers to engage objects such as space heaters, air conditioners, and the flu vaccine.

For the night of the opening reception, a nurse was on-site administering flu shots.*
Each shot comes with corresponding certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

*Shot is an actual seasonal flu vaccine that was administered by a registered nurse. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.

All works 2012

Home Remedies 1

IcyHot, BioFreeze, TheraFlu Berry Infused with Menthol & Green Tea Flavors, varnish, and clear gesso on canvas; 16 x 13 inches

Get the Flu (Installation view)

L to R: Chills (Dyson Pedestal Fan); Invisible Touch (It Takes Control and Slowly Tears You Apart); Fever (Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater)

Chills (Frigidaire Room Air-Conditioner)

Window air conditioner unit, streamers, inkjet prints, sponges, glass, wood, staples, screws, nails, urethane; 33.75 x 23 x 20 inches

Get the Flu (Installation view)

L to R: Fever (Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater), Fever (Designer's Edge Garage & Patio Heater), Fever (Electralog Compact Stove), Influenza B & A

Home Remedies 2

IcyHot, BioFreeze, TheraFlu Natural Apple Cinnamon Flavor, varnish, and clear gesso on canvas; 16 x 13 inches

Fever (Pelonis Electric Radiator Heater)

Electric radiator heater, inkjet prints, glass, wood, staples, screws; 50 x 15 x 13.5 inches

Fever (The Designer’s Edge Garage & Patio Heater)

Porch heater, inkjet prints, wood, staples, screws, nails; 24.5 x 23 x 17 inches

Influenza A/California Virus (H1N1)

IcyHot, Robitussin, NyQuil, Delsym, varnish, and clear gesso on linen; 16 x 13 inches

Influenza A/Victoria Virus (H3N2)

IcyHot, Robitussin, NyQuil, DayQuil, Delsym, varnish, and clear gesso on linen; 16 x 13 inches

Influenza B/Texas Virus 1

IcyHot, Robitussin, NyQuil, DayQuil, Delsym, varnish, and clear gesso on linen; 16 x 13 inches

Influenza B/Texas Virus 2

IcyHot, Robitussin, NyQuil, DayQuil, Delsym, TheraFlu Natural Apple Cinnamon Flavor, varnish, and clear gesso on linen; 16 x 13 inches

Get the Flu installation view

L to R: Shellshock (It's Never Enough), No Need Now, Sick Flowers; 2012

No Need Now

Acrylic on carved styrofoam relief, wood; 18.5 x 25.5 x 2 inches

No Need Now

Acrylic on carved styrofoam relief, wood; 18.5 x 25.5 x 2 inches

Sick Flowers

Silk nasturtiums, poured acrylic resin, glass vase, wood; 9.5 x 18 x 10 inches

I Got the Flu

Flu shot administered the night of the opening by registered nurse

I Got the Flu

Flu shot administered the night of the opening by registered nurse

I Got the Flu

Flu shot administered the night of the opening by registered nurse

Chills (Frigidaire Room Air-Conditioner) Detail

Window air conditioner unit, streamers, inkjet prints, sponges, glass, wood, staples, screws, nails, urethane; 33.75 x 23 x 20 inches; 2012