Two artists we have had been following for a good part of this year, both Ana and Anna, are part of a two-person show, Two First Names, on view now at Over the Influence, Los Angeles. Ana Benaroya, who just finished an MFA at Yale and has been featured on Juxtapoz in the past, and Anna Park, who we have spoken with recently and finishing up school at New York Academy of Arts, are both creating works that run the history of what we like to cover here, but with an originality that has really begun to capture the fine art world.
Benaroya has been working on these almost caricature distortions, bodies that are overly muscular yet with cartoonish features that sometimes appear as Nickelodeon or cartoons on steroids. They could be playing baseball or just appear in a still-life, their oversized bodies often look out of place. As OTI notes, “Benaroya depicts these mighty figures as extensions of her own body, constantly pushing the physical and emotional limits that rival not only the physical strength, but also the sexual aptitude commonly associated with masculinity or men.”
Park examines what she calls “the moment right in between pure fuckery, debauchery and ecstasy.” Her works, composed from found imagery and arranged into a scene that Park wants to explore, touch on those moments where, as an outside observer, you feel a bit of guilty pleasure watching that debauchery play out in front of you. Done in black and white, there is almost a nostalgic, distant scene playing out in front of you, which heightens the sense of timelessness and voyeuristic pleasure.
Two First Names runs through August 31, 2019.