Benjamin Wadler


Forty Portals

Concrete and wax

30 x 25 x 75 cm

If Carl Sagan was right when he said that we are a way for the cosmos to know itself, then I believe that art is a way for us to know ourselves.

An aperture is a hole to look through, and a portal is a hole to pass through.

In art we do both of these things. Thats funny, because artworks look like objects; but while a painting can seem to resemble a wall, it has the secret power to become a window, or a door beyond the self.

As we pass through a door, experience passes through us.

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Exchange Student, Meisterschule, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2011; BA, Studio Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2004


Art educator, Culture Baby, London, 2011-present; Gallery guide, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008-9; Operations manager, Performa 07, New York, 2007; Artist's assistant, Matthew Barney Studios, 2005-6


Stonehenge Tetris , Hayward Gallery, Concrete Cafe, London, 2011; Nike of Samothrace, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 2010; Ben Voyage, St Cecilia's Convent, Brookyn, 2010; Art in Ben's Garage, My Mother's House, Teaneck, NJ, 2005