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View of “Scott Benzel,” 2011. Foreground: Counterfeit Nike “Heaven’s Gate” SB Dunks, 2011. Background: Original posters for The Trip (1967) with original stickers, 2011.

Scott Benzel

Human Resources LA

View of “Scott Benzel,” 2011. Foreground: Counterfeit Nike “Heaven’s Gate” SB Dunks, 2011. Background: Original posters for The Trip (1967) with original stickers, 2011.

On a boxy monitor in an upstairs gallery at Human Resources—a young Chinatown space dedicated to performance and nontraditional exhibitions—footage from a 1969 TV show played in a perpetual time-coded loop: Beach Boy Dennis Wilson crooning for the camera, sloe-eyed and benign, his lips falling in and out of sync with three takes of the same song. The piece, 1. The Beach Boys perform “Never Learn Not to Love” live on the Mike Douglas show, 1969; 2.Charles Manson, “Cease to Exist,” 1968; 3. The Beach Boys “Never Learn Not to Love” studio version, 1969 (all works 2011), was one of twenty-seven objects that comprised LA-based artist Scott Benzel’s solo exhibition “Maldistribution,” a meticulous collection of popular artifacts chosen for their veiled cultural histories, uncomfortable associations, and protracted afterlives. In the video, Benzel’s straightforward juxtaposition

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