Benjamin Sack’s impossible cityscapes draw inspiration from cartography and musical compositions


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November 3, 2019

Andrew LaSane

“Astrum”, 11 x 14 inches. All images are courtesy of the artist

At Direktorenhaus Museum in Berlin last week, a solo exhibition of detailed architectural drawings by a Virginia-based artist Benjamin Bag (previously) open to the public. Title Labyrinths, the collection of new works presents vast urban landscapes composed of impossible internal geometries. The city maps in the shape of a labyrinth refer to musical compositions and various symbols found in cosmology.

Often creating on the basis of what he calls a “fear of empty spaces,” Sack tells Colossal that his starting point for each drawing is different. Drawing inspiration from history, cartography and her own travels, the artist starts from a general concept and intuitively constructs her complex worlds as she goes. Star-shaped buildings and pathways meet rows of houses emerging from clusters of skyscrapers. The parts Labyrinths range from 11 inches by 14 inches (a standard photo print size) up to 90 inches wide and 69 inches high. A work entitled Babel Library is drawn on the surface of a globe measuring 16 inches in diameter. “Usually a large piece is started with a few really wide, simple pencil lines,” Sack explains. The rest of the lines and spaces are filled with a pen.

“Over the years my interest in architecture and cityscapes has evolved,” Sack told Colossal. He adds that drawing such complex pieces has “become a way to express infinity, to play with perspective and to explore a range of histories, cultures, places”.

Labyrinths will be exposed through January 22, 2020. For more imaginative Sack cards, follow the artist on Instagram.

“Library of Babel” (globe piece), 16 inches in diameter

Detail “Library of Babel”

Detail “Library of Babel”

Detail “Library of Babel”

Detail “Library of Babel”

“Canto IV” 70 x 70 inches

“Eden” 14 x 11 inches

“Peregrinations” 68 x 93 inches

“Samsara” 12 x 18 inches

“Stella Aurora” 11 x 14 inches

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