Sami Benhadj Djilali

Sami Benhadj Djilali makes works that are remarkable for their formal simplicity, with an undeniable connection to the tradition of minimalism. At the same time, they communicate a high level of psychological intensity, primarily articulated through the use of glue and paint. These pliable materials are used in a way that highlights the contrast between their tactility and the rigid rectilinear forms of the works’ wooden supports. Lumped together in loose and blobby shapes; pulled apart and left to dry so they form thin, bubbly films; squeezed and sandwiched between big structures; hidden behind the front surface of the work so the viewer has to try to find them - these material intrusions add feeling and a certain kind of sensuality into the formal perfection and distance of the otherwise precise, reductive language.

 

Referencing languages of design and every day material, they project an enjoyment in experimentation and discovery. Their consistency and quantity reveal a serious and ongoing engagement. Reading at times like perversions of Ikea furniture, they incite in the viewer the desire to pull apart the everyday, generic, mass-produced objects that surround us, to investigate what falls between the cracks, and to understand how materials produce interpretations without us intervening with them.

In the clarity of Benhadj Djilali’s artistic vocabulary, the inherent properties of materials (the grain of wood, the sticky translucence of glue, the powerful visual field created by a single colour of standard acrylic paint) are highlighted and displayed with great acuity. As with all works operating on a minimalist register, there is the contradictory desire to communicate and to say nothing. All art is open to interpretation, and with works such as Benhadj Djilali’s, the question of how to interpret the work becomes central, highlighting that we cannot perceive art without speculating about the intentions of the author.

 

Tom Saunders

 

10 - 2020 (frontal view)

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10 -2020 (three-quarter view)

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10 - 2020 (side view)

wood, gesso, acrylic, medium

15 X 20 X 55 cm

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11 - 2020

wood, gesso, acrylic, medium

10 X 15 X 40 cm

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1 - 2020 (close up)

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3 - 2020

wood, gesso, acrylic, medium

30 X 10 X 30 cm

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3 - 2020 (close up)

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8 - 2020

wood , gesso, acrylic, medium

30 X 2 X 30 cm

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8 - 2020 ( close up )

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7 - 2020

wood, acrylic, medium

15 X 5 X 15 cm

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7 - 2020 (side view)

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6 - 2020

wood, acrylic, medium

15 X 2 X 100 cm

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5 - 2020

wood, acrylic, medium

15 X 10 X 30 cm

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5 - 2020 (side view)

wood, acrylic, medium

15 X 10 X 30 cm

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4 - 2020

wood, acrylic, medium

6 x 10 x 90 cm

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4 - 2020 (close up)

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2 - 2020

oak wood, acrylic medium

5 X 15 X 100 cm

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2 - 2020 (close up)

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37 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Okoumé, wood boards, gesso, acrylic

100 x 100 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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34 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Okoumé, white gesso , acrylic, wood board

30 x 100 cm

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33 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Okoumé, white gesso, acrylic, wood board

50 x 50 cm

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33 - 2019 (close up)

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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1 - 2020 (close up)

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28 - 2019

wood strecher bars , wood boards, white gesso, acrylic

40 X 40 cm

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36 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Okoumé, black gesso, acrylic

60 X 60 cm

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36 - 2019 (close up)

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25 - 2019

wood strecher bars , Okoumé , black gesso , glue

30 X 90 cm

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26 - 2019

wood strecher bars , MDF , acrylic, glue

80 X 120 cm

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27 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, wooden batten, glue

40 X 190 cm

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23 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Matt acrylic paint, mdf, glue

118 X 194 cm

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21 - 2019 (close up)

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21 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, wooden batten, glue

82 X 82 cm

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20 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, black matt acrylic paint, mdf, glue

40 X 40 cm

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19 - 2019

wood stretcher bars , wooden batten, glue

62,5 X 62,5 cm

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18 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, mdf, acrylic, glue, box frame

55 X 65 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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12 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, MDF, acrylic, glue, American box frame

32,5 X 32,5 cm

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22 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, Matt acrylic paint, MDF , glue

30 X 90 cm

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16 - 2019

chair, acrylic paint, metallic plates

105 x 105 cm

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16 - 2019 (close up)

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9 - 2019

wood strecher bars, wooden board, acrylic paint, varnish

80 x 80 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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4 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, acrylic paint, glue, metallic plates

20 x 30 cm

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3 - 2019

wood stretcher bars, wall painting

40 x 50 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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3 - 2019

wall painting, wood strecher bars

40 x 40 cm

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1 - 2019

acrylic paint, varnish, wood stretcher bars, wooden board

70 x 120 cm

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1 - 2020

wood stretcher bars, okoumé, gesso, acrylic, medium

40 X 50 cm

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1 - 2019

acrylic paint, varnish, wood stretcher bars, wooden board

70 x 120 cm

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28 - 2018 (side view)

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27 - 2018

wood pallet & protection tape

110 X 110 cm

Sami Benhadj Djilali

0033 614342889

samibenhadj2@gmail.com

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