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Ben Sanders
New Caps
June 15 – July 30 2023

Sirens, Floaters

Marta is delighted to present New Caps, an exhibition of twelve signature Bottle Cap paintings by Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist Ben Sanders. Identical in exaggerated size, each 33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 inches, these richly-enameled, carefully-shaped steel works represent the most recent incarnation of Sanders’ Cap series: a near decade-long exploration of this patently industrial and quotidian form and its varied [often imagined] colloquial adornments.

Initially drawing on pictorial references ranging from the barn hexes of the Pennsylvania Dutch to commercial marks for Chinese hard candy, motorized tools, and Taiwanese apple soda, this collection of Bottle Caps continues its iconographic journey through this current, hyper-stylized period of human history and into the riot of forms and colors that represent our continued evolution within and beyond the Anthropocene. Recognizable but reduced biological figures, such as flowers bursting forth among glossy leaves [Siren (Tutti Frutti), 2023], pair alongside kaleidoscopic patterns of shapes akin to hybrid playing card suits, all landing somewhere between spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds [Star (Cola), 2023]. Culinarily-inclined celestial bodies move across metal canvases as a crescent of fiery sun is eclipsed by evening’s steward [Moon (Sangria), 2023] while, nearby, a tilted purple ovoid, shining and levitating above its own shadow [Floater (Grape), 2023], echoes the bedrock of science fiction—the apparition of an unidentifiable object, paused in its journey through the dimensions.

There is both keen joy and intrigue in the images that populate the post-human landscape of which Sanders is so fond, and his electric palette brightens our consideration of this most solastalgic moment, which asks—rightly so—for our constant energy and attention. The blossoming form of brain-like matter, both cerebral and atomic, encapsulates this reflection, recalling either growth or embodied destruction—possibly the tragic conflation of the two. In their display across the faces of enlarged bottle caps, Sanders’ paintings remind us that experience is infinitely scaleable; that the perennial beauty and anxiety of the age is ours to amplify or diminish, pocket or recycle.

Ben Sanders (b. 1989, Arcadia, CA) received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Gagosian (Beverly Hills, CA); Asya Geisberg (New York, NY); Left Field (San Luis Obispo, CA); Carl & Sloan (Portland, OR); LVL3 (Chicago, IL); and OCHI (Los Angeles, CA and Sun Valley, ID). Sanders lives and works in Pasadena, California.

Sanders is represented by OCHI. This is his first presentation with Marta.

Works,
Caps (A – Z)

Ben Sanders
Floater (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Floater (Grape), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Floater (Mixed Berry), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Molecule (Spicy), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Moon (Sangria), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

Ben Sanders
Siren (Black Cherry), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Siren (Cotton Candy), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Siren (Surf & Turf), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Siren (Tutti Frutti), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

Ben Sanders
Siren (Watermelon), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Sour Treasure, 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Ben Sanders
Star (Cola), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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Works,
Drawings (A – Z)

Ben Sanders
Study for Atoms, 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, and Decal on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

Ben Sanders
Study for Floater (Grape) I, 2023
Colored Pencil and Ink on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Ben Sanders
Study for Floater (Grape) II, 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, Decal on Copy Paper
11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Ben Sanders
Study for Lady, 2023
Colored Pencil and Ink on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Ben Sanders
Study for Moon (Sangria), 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, and Decal on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

Ben Sanders
Study for Siren (Black Cherry), 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, and Decal on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Ben Sanders
Study for Siren (Cotton Candy), 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, Decal on Copy Paper
11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Ben Sanders
Study for Siren (Orange), 2023
Colored Pencil and Ink on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

Ben Sanders
Study for Siren (Watermelon), 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, and Decals on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

Ben Sanders
Study for Sour Treasure, 2023
Colored Pencil, Ink, and Decal on Copy Paper
Work, 11.0 × 8.5 in.
Framed, 14.75 × 12.25 × 1.5 in.

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Marta

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