FOTOFEST - Ben Sklar: Drawn to the Punctum

For Fotofest 2020, Foltz Fine Art is pleased to introduce the work of contemporary photographer Ben Sklar in his first solo exhibition, Ben Sklar: Drawn to the Punctum. Sklar is an editorial, commercial and fine art photographer based in New York City. Throughout his career, Sklar has always maintained a distinct artistic vision with a love for film and the alchemy of the darkroom, and it is from an ongoing body of work taken over the past decade that this exhibition was born.  Throughout this varied body of work, Sklar’s photographs have a singular thread of commonality – each contains something unexpected, an element that catches the viewer off guard, causing them to pause and allow for personal reflection. It is this “punctum”, as French philosopher/critic Roland Barthes referred to it in Camera Lucida, that repeats throughout Sklar’s work, and redirects the viewer back to his own sense of self.  Sklar often uses the quotidian as a source of inspiration, and it is in seemingly small details that he captures with humor, compassion, at times, detached observation, that the viewer is repeatedly struck, finding or stumbling upon a point of impact or an element of fascination.  

dog flag heels, 2020

Ben Sklar

dog flag heels, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Invitation, 2020

Ben Sklar

Invitation, 2020

photograph

48 x 40 in (121.92 x 101.60 cm)

Champagne, 2020

Ben Sklar

Champagne, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

NYC Skyscrapers, 2020

Ben Sklar

NYC Skyscrapers, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Moon Wave, 2020

Ben Sklar

Moon Wave, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Bunny Wall, 2020

Ben Sklar

Bunny Wall, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Branch Window, 2020

Ben Sklar

Branch Window, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

delwau, 2020

Ben Sklar

delwau, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Tilden Birthday, 2020

Ben Sklar

Tilden Birthday, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

blue green run, 2020

Ben Sklar

blue green run, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

sand crawl, 2020

Ben Sklar

sand crawl, 2020

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40 x 48 in (101.60 x 121.92 cm)

Kite sky, 2020

Ben Sklar

Kite sky, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Casino Lot, 2020

Ben Sklar

Casino Lot, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Spray, 2020

Ben Sklar

Spray, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

cdmx mariachi, 2020

Ben Sklar

cdmx mariachi, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Frozen Pond, 2020

Ben Sklar

Frozen Pond, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Working Class, 2020

Ben Sklar

Working Class, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

London smoke, 2020

Ben Sklar

London smoke, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Road Window, 2020

Ben Sklar

Road Window, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Dive, 2020

Ben Sklar

Dive, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Harlem Dance, 2020

Ben Sklar

Harlem Dance, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

snow stoplight, 2020

Ben Sklar

snow stoplight, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Vacancy, 2020

Ben Sklar

Vacancy, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Ferry Legs, 2020

Ben Sklar

Ferry Legs, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

151 Neck, 2020

Ben Sklar

151 Neck, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

rowboat, 2020

Ben Sklar

rowboat, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

frozen tree, 2020

Ben Sklar

frozen tree, 2020

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48 x 40 in (121.92 x 101.60 cm)

Beach Towel, 2020

Ben Sklar

Beach Towel, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Honky Tonk, 2020

Ben Sklar

Honky Tonk, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

Me first dog, 2020

Ben Sklar

Me first dog, 2020

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20 x 16 in (50.80 x 40.64 cm)

sunday circus, 2020

Ben Sklar

sunday circus, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

NOLA Trolly, 2020

Ben Sklar

NOLA Trolly, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Chelsea Hair, 2020

Ben Sklar

Chelsea Hair, 2020

photography

16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

Pool bushwick, 2020

Ben Sklar

Pool bushwick, 2020

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16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)