Ben-Zion | At Home

In the development of his work Ben-Zion revealed his strong effort to get back to a beginning: to penetrate the layers that obscure the senses in order to try to understand the nature of his being. It was in the search for self-discovery that Ben-Zion sharpened his awareness of the world around him. Whatever he gathered - literature, poetry, artifacts - had to have the imprint of the universal.

If one could characterize Ben-Zion it would be by his vibrancy, his marked awareness of all his senses, with all the pleasure and discomforts that it brought him. It nourished his creativity and stimulated his thinking. It engendered and enabled him to labor and forge an inestimable body of work that continues to capture our imagination.

This group of photographs portrays Ben-Zion’s home/studio in Chelsea, Manhattan. His own drawings, paintings and iron works are interspersed with the objects he gathered around him: ancient and ethnographic artifacts, pebbles, minerals, shells, clay concretions – for Ben-Zion these were a testimony to the creativity of nature and man.

image Photo Documentation: The library c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: The Library c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: First floor rear c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: The artist's palette c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: Stairway between first and second floors c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: Second floor front c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: Second floor front c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: Second floor rear c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: Second floor rear c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: The cellar c. 2012
image Photo Documentation: The cellar c. 2012
image Clay Concretions c. 1960s