In Pittsburgh, smog and streets once touched lips to form a fantastical liquid forest. On the weekdays, people would cycle through shirts like interns at training camp. These days, newly native eyeballs are kaleidoscopic binoculars through which search engines can be self-motivated to the point of being self-driven. An IP address in New Brunswick finds no results for Bruce Springsteen. This can be interpreted as a self-motivated (or self-driven) sign to give up on nostalgia. Fact: There is no crying in stadiums. Also, there is no crying in the South, either. You read a blank billboard built on the False Word of God and you want to cry, but in this light, all you can do is squint. You stare at a statue carved by the sweaty hands of a half-assed apologist and you want to cry, but in this heat, all you can do is sweat. People getting fired; people getting fired up. It’s a new millennium, and any sane person wonders: “Why would Millennials want to move to New York in this climate?” And it’s like every week, The New York Times publishes a freshly bourgeois article about Los Angeles, and instead of reading them anymore, I just watch strip malls strip down to nothing and entire hillsides drink gallons of Muscle Milk at the speed of Bravo-inspired intercuts. While I’m at the office, everyone else goes skinny-dipping like baristas with bones in hand. This is the new, and now, tongues wag into the night.

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Jenine Marsh
In Which Ways We Want, 2016
plaster, cellophane, synthetic rubber,
acrylic, flower, glue, wire
7 x 7 x 1 in
17.8 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm

Scott Benzel
Recombinatory System (La Bas), 2016
intake tube, Liebig condenser, Erlenmeyer bulb, Schlenck tube,
modified Sunkist can, ‘Love Rose’, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane),
Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood), Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade),
Datura inoxia (Angels’ turmpets), asphalt
2 x 24 x 18 in
5.1 x 61 x 45.7 cm

Scott Benzel
Recombinatory System (Monkey Island), 2016
Fleshlight Go Torque Ice sleeve in glassware tube,
Erlenmeyer bulb, Sea Monkeys, Schlenck tube,
condenser, whole Madragora (Mandrake) root
5 x 24 x 18 in
12.7 x 61 x 45.7 cm

Scott Benzel
Recombinatory System (Gog-Magog), 2016
Coca-Cola bottle (Arabic script), condenser, Schlenck tube,
Shell oil sample tube, stealth pipe (cigarette), antique glass breast pump
3 x 30 x 16 in
7.6 x 76.2 x 40.6 cm

Scott Benzel
Altered Circulatory Systems, 2016
1961 Cuban peso series 69 CIA-counterfeit note (Bay of Pigs);
1942 French Resistance-altered 20 Franc note with collaged
3 M Deutsches Reich stamp

Erin Jane Nelson
A Kale That Saw, 2016
inkjet on cotton, ink, various fabrics,
embroidered patches, felted wool, upholstery tacks
53 x 35 in
134.6 x 88.9 cm

Jenine Marsh
Divorcée’s Daughter, 2016
flowers, synthetic rubber, glass vase, glass flower frog,
concrete, pigment, metal, glue
17 x 13 x 11 in
43.2 x 33 x 27.9 cm

Naoki Sutter-Shudo
Overture, 2016
c-print, wood, enamel, pearls, braided straw, lace, flowers,
13 x 19 x 3.5 in
33 x 48.3 x 8.9 cm

Jenine Marsh
Waking face, sleeping face, 2016
air-dried clay, acrylic varnish, flowers,
synthetic rubber, metal, glue
21 x 20 x 2.5 in
53.3 x 50.8 x 6.3 cm

Naoki Sutter-Shudo
Hither returned I call back time past, 2016
c-print, wood, enamel, fabric, braided mohair and straw, mixed media
13 x 19 x 2.5 in
33 x 48.3 x 6.4 cm
Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable
Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable
Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable
Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable
Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable

Quintessa Matranga
The Dork Diaries, 2016
graphite on drywall
dimensions variable

Scott Benzel
Ekphrasis / Extended Phenotype: A rebours, La bas, et al., 2016
Nidularium, Caladium, Alocasia metallica, Anthurium, Amorphophallus konjac,
Echinopsis, Tillandsia lindeni, Cypripedia, Antilles Fly-trap, Cephalothus, Nepenthes,
Sarracenia, Drosera, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood),
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Datura inoxia (Angels’ Trumpets), Croton, Begonias,
Cycad, Cattleya, Rhizomes, vintage prints of Gustave Moreau’s L’Apparition and Maiden
with the Head and Lyre of Orpheus, LED grow lights
dimensions variable

Scott Benzel
Ekphrasis / Extended Phenotype: A rebours, La bas, et al., 2016
Nidularium, Caladium, Alocasia metallica, Anthurium, Amorphophallus konjac,
Echinopsis, Tillandsia lindeni, Cypripedia, Antilles Fly-trap, Cephalothus, Nepenthes,
Sarracenia, Drosera, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood),
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Datura inoxia (Angels’ Trumpets), Croton, Begonias,
Cycad, Cattleya, Rhizomes, vintage prints of Gustave Moreau’s L’Apparition and Maiden
with the Head and Lyre of Orpheus, LED grow lights
dimensions variable

Scott Benzel
Ekphrasis / Extended Phenotype: A rebours, La bas, et al., 2016
Nidularium, Caladium, Alocasia metallica, Anthurium, Amorphophallus konjac,
Echinopsis, Tillandsia lindeni, Cypripedia, Antilles Fly-trap, Cephalothus, Nepenthes,
Sarracenia, Drosera, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood),
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Datura inoxia (Angels’ Trumpets), Croton, Begonias,
Cycad, Cattleya, Rhizomes, vintage prints of Gustave Moreau’s L’Apparition and Maiden
with the Head and Lyre of Orpheus, LED grow lights
dimensions variable

Scott Benzel
Ekphrasis / Extended Phenotype: A rebours, La bas, et al., 2016
Nidularium, Caladium, Alocasia metallica, Anthurium, Amorphophallus konjac,
Echinopsis, Tillandsia lindeni, Cypripedia, Antilles Fly-trap, Cephalothus, Nepenthes,
Sarracenia, Drosera, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood),
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Datura inoxia (Angels’ Trumpets), Croton, Begonias,
Cycad, Cattleya, Rhizomes, vintage prints of Gustave Moreau’s L’Apparition and Maiden
with the Head and Lyre of Orpheus, LED grow lights
dimensions variable

Scott Benzel
Ekphrasis / Extended Phenotype: A rebours, La bas, et al., 2016
Nidularium, Caladium, Alocasia metallica, Anthurium, Amorphophallus konjac,
Echinopsis, Tillandsia lindeni, Cypripedia, Antilles Fly-trap, Cephalothus, Nepenthes,
Sarracenia, Drosera, Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood),
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Datura inoxia (Angels’ Trumpets), Croton, Begonias,
Cycad, Cattleya, Rhizomes, vintage prints of Gustave Moreau’s L’Apparition and Maiden
with the Head and Lyre of Orpheus, LED grow lights
dimensions variable

‘Everyday War’

w/ works by Scott Benzel, Steve Kado, Jenine Marsh,
Quintessa Matranga, Erin Jane Nelson, and Naoki Sutter-Shudo.
at Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles

Curated by Keith J. Varadi
November 12–December 30, 2016

www.ashesonashes.com