Even dim stars add light to the universe. Taking inspiration from an interview with controversial art collector Stefan Simchowitz, Benjamin Lichtenstein’s new body of monochromatic photographic pictures explores themes of optimism, self-help and a lack of self-confidence. Simchowitz uses the phrase “Even dim stars add light to the universe” to describe himself in a self-effacing way. This attitude of humility lends itself to this series of images that Lichtenstein describes as being “plain or unremarkable in appearance”, but that are accompanied by snippets of overhead conversations, misspoken turns of phrase and fragments of sentences.
Benjamin Lichtenstein is an artist from Melbourne whose practice begins with photography, before encountering experimental darkroom manipulations, collage and drawing to form new compositions. His works are typically monochromatic, unique state, silver gelatin prints that combine these disparate techniques to step outside the traditional conventions of photographic practice. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) from the Victorian College of the Arts and has exhibited throughout Melbourne and overseas. Open until Sat 28 Nov.