LIVES/WORKS IN SYDNEY
Working with everyday objects in a framework of different mediums Ben Gavin calls to attention the structures that we hold onto for better or for worse, whether they are historical structures or ideas of the present moment. Building on the Duchampian strategy of the ready-made, Gavin utilises the scraps, shards and general detritus of society, repurposing and restructuring forms to develop new meanings, references and possibilities.
Graduating with Honours at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2010, the same year he was recipient of the Zelda Stedman Scholarship and guest curator at RMIT Galleries in Melbourne. In 2014 the artist was shortlisted for the prestigious International Franc Vila Emerging Art Prize.
Previously exhibited at Spring1883, Melbourne, Luis Adelantado, Valencia, FEINKOST, Berlin, ASC, London, Intersection in the Arts, San Francisco, USA, Galerie Blutenweiss, Berlin, General Store, Sydney / Southern Highlands, ANU Canberra and at the University of Sydney. Artworks and ideas featured and reviewed in Artforum, Frieze, RealTime, Trouble and Umelec Contemporary Art magazines.
Billboard composition #2 (2016) Found modified colour print, varnish on marine plywood, 186 x 3.5 x 23.5cm
Border Protection (2016) Gesso, acrylic, gloss, enamel, spraypaint on canvas 118.5 x 148.5cm private collection, Germany
Horizon ( Explosions in the Sky ) 2016 Oil on reverse, linoleum, fungi, dirt, graphite, acrylic on canvas, 118.5 x 148.5cm
Marilyn (2016) Linoleum, gesso, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, canvas, hair clip on marine plywood, 130 x 65 cm
Blossom (2016) Aluminium Flyscreen, enamel spray paint, 65 x 45 x 55cm unique
Floorplan composition #2 (2015) vinyl, unique
F... Contemporary Art (2014) Frieze Magazine cover, gallery wall, 21 x 4 cm Private Collection, Auckland
Citizen KE (2014) Found fashion magazine, collage, acrylic, adhesive tape 20 x 4 x 30cm
Installation view, (solo) White Cube.. I love you. But You're Bringing Me Down, General Store, Sydney (2013)
Every now and then the world looks to an individual upon whom to rely blindly (2011) Fabric, wood, steel, fabric maker and fabric paint
Again... Once Over Again (2010) 105 curatorial cards, site specific installation, around quadrangle of Sydney College of the Arts
History of Modern Art on loan (2010) Books on loan from the library for duration of exhibition, University of Sydney, Rozelle campus
Courtesy... (2007) Vinyl, text file, dimensions variable, FEINKOST, Berlin (2008)
Label (2005) Acrylic, gloss, graphite on canvas, perspex cover, 18 x 16 inches, Private Collection, Sydney
SOLO at FORT DELTA Melbourne
Solo show, Clinging to Debris, Opening on the 10th of February 2017 at Fort Delta, Melbourne
New paintings and a few conceptual installations by Ben Gavin will be on display at Spring 1883, Melbourne, 17-21st of August 2016
Concept reviewed in Frieze, at FEINKOST text by April Lamm