Benjamin Bellas, An individual places an undeveloped canister of film, that was purchased and exposed in the moments immediately after being notified of a death, upon a bookmark, that was formed from a tree that had fallen in the woods, that marks the page in the script of Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon, that details his period of exile in Elba, 2012. Wood, film, and book, 8 x 24 x 12 in.

Benjamin Bellas



A church pew and cold beer greeted visitors at the entrance of Benjamin Bellas’s recent show. The beer was a basil ale, brewed specially by the artist, and the pew was Protestant, moved hundreds of miles from a small-town chapel to this storefront gallery in Chicago. The artist’s grandparents sat together on the red-cushioned bench every Sunday for their whole lives, and now it cut diagonally through the space like a domesticated Tilted Arc, its gentle curve attracting strangers to sit and drink the ale, which tasted of herbaceous dough... see the entire review in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.