Thursday, August 2, 2012

monkeying around

Artist Allen Hirsh was recently interviewed by the New York Times to discuss his muse; a monkey named Benjamin. Relying on a mix of mediums, he has depicted this capuchin monkey tirelessly. My fav were the two pieces he set in the landscape.

Using the urban fabric of SOHO as a canvas, he erected giant sized photos of Benjamin on flat and perpendicular planes.

Located above the "hidden" entrance to trendy La Esquina Restaurant, is another portrait but this time, an elevation crafted from aluminum.

Small contributions to New York City's expanse reduce the scale of anonymity and play into context the need for intimacy in an urban setting.