Chelsea, Contemporary Art, Art, Galleries, New York City, NYC

Destroying Instruments Makes Beautiful Music

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by David Behringer of the Two Percent

Jane Benson @ Pavel Zoubok Gallery, 531 W 26th St – ends 25 Nov 15

Finding Baghdad (Part A) – the centerpiece of Jane Benson's current exhibition, Play Land

Finding Baghdad (Part A) – the centerpiece of Jane Benson's current exhibition, Play Land

Jane Benson splits instruments down the middle (violins, guitars, etc) and hires musicians to play duets with both halves.  In addition to a number of half-and-half sculptures (see my sketch below), there's a fantastic video of two displaced Iraqi brothers that now live in two different countries, playing a half-and-half duet over Skype. (read full explanation).  Beautiful on so many levels.

David Behringer's own sketch of one of Jane Benson's "split instruments" 

David Behringer's own sketch of one of Jane Benson's "split instruments"