A NECESSARY VOID
by BEN COLEMAN & HENRY DETWEILER
In 2013, we locked two men in an abandoned building in downtown Atlanta. And wouldn’t let them leave. Locking Ben Coleman and Henry Detweiler away was experiment designed to push their buttons and challenge their art practices. We wanted to explore questions like, “Does a daily routine hurt or hinder art making?” “If daily habits are removed, will an artist shut down or thrive?”
We wanted to make them a little uncomfortable, but also give them the very rare gift of time. So, for three weeks, Ben and Henry - who’d never met before - lived together in a former nightclub in Downtown Atlanta...