Beny Wagner: A Little Bit Too Much October 20 – November 10, 2012 Future Gallery Mansteinstraße 3, 10783 Berlin, Deutschland Show on map
Interview with Mike Ruiz, Beny Wagner. Artist: Beny Wagner. Curator: Mike Ruiz.
The herringbone parquet was first adopted as an alternative to stone and marble inlay on the floors of french palaces. Using wood could be seen as a compromise, the acceptance of time shifting the material, which must be cared for and maintained.
As with many other objects woven through our social fabric, today’s parquet is an almost imperceptible touch of wealth. It is handcrafted luxury made affordable. It is the silent triumph of man standing upright, of his right to step on the surface of labor.
To sand wood is to care for it. A minor, attentive procedure geared at perfecting the wood’s finish. A carpenter applies this action mechanically, the memory of the required steps having shifted from the brain to his muscles, the attention no longer a conscious matter. The order of operations is prescribed, and this order cannot be broken. If reversed, and the rough succeeds the smooth, the entire work environment is placed in direct confrontation, rendering the surfaces and tools inadequate.
Berlin based artist, Beny Wagner created a special environment that he installed at Future Gallery in Berlin’s Schöneberg district.