How Was Your Weekend?

January 16th – February 14th
Ever Gold Gallery

Loud alarms. Slight panics. Big yawns. Heavy eyes. Long showers. Blank stares. Dragging feet. Rough commutes. Emails. Lists. Reminders. Bitter coffee. Stuffy meetings. Groggy coworkers.

How was your weekend?

Taking cues from the 9-5 work life, Mark Benson employs the common conversation held in jobs the world over every Monday morning to bring to light the mundane and repetitive in the life of contemporary work culture.

Sculptures and paintings elevate weekend activities and place them on odd pedestals, a show of respect and honor for better times. Absent of their protagonists, a pall hangs over these moments alluding to them as dead and gone forever, or for at least another business week. Milkshakes, quick trips out of town, couch time, drunk time, and time spent working all have a place.

The resounding tone of this new body of work is just that: all things pass. The best part of the week is over, and here we are at its polar opposite. Let’s recap.

All works 2015 unless noted otherwise.

Installation images

Installation view

Installation view

Not the Most Fun.

Cast tufstone, toothbrush; 6 x 8 x 6 inches

L: It Wasn’t That Productive. But I Had Fun.; R: We Went Out For Milkshakes.

Cast plaster, tufstone, pigment, straws

It Wasn’t That Productive. But I Had Fun.

Cast plaster, tufstone, pigment, straws; 7 x 12 x 4 inches

We Went Out For Milkshakes.

Cast plaster, tufstone, pigment, straws; 6.5 x 4 x 4 inches

I Passed Out at a Tiki Bar.

Cast tufstone and pineapple oven mitts; 6 x 7 x 8 inches

I Had A Blind Date. It Was So/So.

Cast plaster, tufstone, pigment, ribbon; 12 × 7.5 × 5 inches

We Did Absolutely Nothing.

Printed jeans lounge pants, Vornado fans; 33 x 46 x 36 inches

Mediochre.

Cast plaster 3lb weights; 10.5×6.5×5 inches

It Went By Way Too Fast.

Cast plaster drumsticks, tufstone, pigment; 6 x 17 x 4.5 inches

I went camping for the first and last time.

Cast plaster soap; 4 x 8 x 4 inches; 2014

Not good.

Cast Plaster, tufstone, pigment, Imodium AD; 6 × 3.5 × 6.5 inches

Not good.

Cast Plaster, tufstone, pigment, Imodium AD; 6 × 3.5 × 6.5 inches

It Was Great. I Got in Some Good Studio Time. 1

Oil on canvas; 13 x 16 inches

It Was Great. I Got in Some Good Studio Time. 3

Oil on canvas; 13 x 19 inches

It Was Great. I Got in Some Good Studio Time. 2

Oil on canvas; 13 x 16 inches

I Worked the Whole Weekend. Again.

Fan, beach ball; 24 x 20 x 34 inches

I Tried Getting A Ton of Stuff Done But Ended Up Just Wasting a Ton of Time.

Garden hose, bucket, tufstone, pigment; 125 x 12 x 70 inches

I Tried Getting A Ton of Stuff Done But Ended Up Just Wasting a Ton of Time. (Detail)

Garden hose, bucket, tufstone, pigment; 125 x 12 x 70 inches

I Tried Getting A Ton of Stuff Done But Ended Up Just Wasting a Ton of Time. (Detail)

Garden hose, bucket, tufstone, pigment; 125 x 12 x 70 inches

Installation view

I had the flu.

Wet newspaper; 12 x 5 x 7 inches

I went camping for the first and last time

Cast plaster; 7.75 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches; 2014