Before And After: The Making Of "Elia", 2009


Two photogravures mounted on a single sheet of paper.

22.00 x 30.00 in

55.9 x 76.2 cm

Edition of 30

Signed and numbered by the artist.

PRICE: $1,500

    About The Work

    This piece is a still from Elia — a story of an ostrich chick (2003), a video Ben-Ner produced while attending Columbia University's MFA program. Shot at Riverside Park near Columbia's campus, the work narrates the coming of age story of Elia, a baby ostrich, who is played by actors wearing costumes constructed from mop handles, vacuum hoses, and papier-mâché. The calm, Discovery Channel-style voice-over narrates Elia's coming of age story and her relationship and brief separation from her mother, father, and brother.

    Like many filmmakers, Ben-Ner storyboards his projects. This work features a drawing he made in preparation for the shoot on the left and a still from the finished video on the right. It makes the connection between an idea conceived by Ben-Ner's hand on paper, and its fruition as a moving image, thereby highlighting the holistic process involved in creating a work of art.

    About Guy Ben-Ner

    From The Magazine

    • Proceeds from this sale benefit the MFA Israeli Artist Fund at Columbia University.
    • Two photogravures measuring 8.5" x 11" each on 22" x 30" sheet.
    • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from New York.
    • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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