Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
'Seascape', 2012, Ben Nathan
Nature is made up of all kinds of odd angles, curves, and different textured surfaces; they all work together to form a range of shapes that are pleasing to the eye.
Man made objects on the other hand, can be a lot more austere, as is seen in the work of artist, Ben Nathan, whose focus on urban infrastructure depicts cold, sharp, and unforgiving images. For example, in his latest exhibit, Structure, Nathan uses straight lines to form outlines of buildings and other monuments, such as a New York City Bridge. Even his apparent nature paintings are quite aggressive; 'Seascape' (2012) does not even display any sea. Rather, it is an abstract rendition of the sea wall, which has been beaten up by erosion. The excessive use of red, connotes that it is bloodied, bruised, and injured. Even harsher are oil canvas works such as 'Spikes' (2012) and 'Gateway' (2013), both of which use sharp points, and stark contrasting colours.
To me, Nathan's work shows the distinct differences between the natural and the artificial. One is random, filled with the unexpected, and the other, while organised, is without soul. You can form your own interpretation at the 43 Inverness Street gallery until the 13th July.