Poppies
Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 5, 2020 – Jan. 30, 2021

Like a fetish object or tarot card, the charmed poppies hint at a concealed magic. Opium is born of the poppy tear, the sap secreted from within the plant’s seed pod. Pleasure achieved and pain abated from the same elixir. The allure of fantastic escape or drip of salvation both cut only by the emblematic Sans Serif TOYOTA, like the rear view of pickup truck receding into the desert night at the end of a public service announcement — it’s all drugs, kids. Crystalized in swathes of protuberances and pollen, Sanders’s starry eyed organisms host the arcana of another trade, linking Middle America to another far off place. This too, in a puff of smoke.
– Matthew Lax
Bonsai
Portland, OR
Aug. 8 – Sep. 13, 2020

200 New Drawings of Bonsai Trees, with a corresponding publication.

...But Bonsai, he acknowledges, is a slow, lifelong pursuit and there‘s only so much work to be done on the few trees he cultivates in the limited space of an apartment balcony in Pasadena. It’s a momentary constraint fixed between a past when he grew a spacious vegetable garden and a desired future with his own plot of land where he can grow anything and everything he wants. In the meantime, he satiates his green thumb with marker and imagination. You can never have enough plants, he says. The bonsai drawings are a perfect substitute.


Items
Los Osos, CA
July 6 – 28, 2019

Solo exhibition of 14 sculptural wall works. Sanders and his father, a life-long metal fabricator, make huge steel bottle cap forms utilizing a giant hydraulic press. Each form is then given a detailed enamel paint job, with imagery culled from disparate sources, ranging from foreign food packaging to defunct cult websites.

55 New Pots
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
February  13 – 17, 2019

55 Painted Pots shown in conjunction with new paintings by Adam Beris.

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I Come to the Garden Alone
Los Angeles, CA
March 3 – April 14, 2018

Sanders explores internalized fears, spirituality, and the human condition through a series of works on paper and paintings executed over two years. The paintings stem from the works on paper, which Sanders creates while sitting in church. Many depict personified characters, insects or cheap plastic Teleflora vases (an object that Sanders obsessively collects from thrift stores). Sanders places these characters into narrative and surreal settings. Despite their cartoonish quality, the works suggest a deep level of introspection. Through metaphor and symbol, they become a collection of visual parables meant to unearth hopes and anxieties, both universal and unique to Sanders’ own experience.

Writing About the Show:

These Surreal Paintings Embody L.A.’s Hedonism and Spirituality
by Angella d'Avignon

Ben Sanders at Ochi Projects
by Matt Stromberg