Ben Gavin

b 1981 Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

Vita

EDUCATION
  • 2010 Honours, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
EXHIBITIONS
  • 2017 TBA, General Store, Sydney, Australia ( solo – forthcoming )
  • Enter Art Foundation, Berlin Germany (group)
  • Clinging to Debris - Fort Delta, Melbourne (solo)
  • 2016 The Form Colour Texture Of - General Store, Southern Highlands (group)
  • Restaging Modernism - Spring 1883, Melbourne (group)
  • 2015 POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, Belgium (curator)
  • 2014 Nothing New Still – Curated by Sophie Kitson, William Windows, Sydney
  • AS AN ARTIST YOU HAVE TO BALANCE BEING CLEVER ENOUGH TO HAVE AN IDEA AND STUPID ENOUGH TO MAKE IT A REALITY – ANU Gallery, Canberra ACT (group)
  • XVI – Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (group)
  • 2013 White Cube... I love you. But you’re bringing me down - General Store, Sydney (solo)
  • 2011 Make Me Look Like Debord in “68, - General Store, Sydney, Australia (solo)
  • A DAMN GOOD PAINTING SHOW! - General Store, Sydney, Australia (group)
  • Remnants in Documentation – curator Jasmine Kean, General Store, Sydney
  • Double Life: Duple Trials – curator Diana Ali, Malt Cross Gallery, Nottingham UK
  • 2010 Drawn Upon, SCA Galleries, University of Sydney (solo)

  • Again, Once Over Again, SCA Galleries + Courtyard, University of Sydney (solo)
  • Florist as a Private Collection, Foyer Gallery, Sydney Australia (group)
  • FEINKOST TRIENNALE – curator Aaron Moulton, FEINKOST, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 Print Matter, Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, Sydney (group)
  • Mein Doppelganger, curator Alex McIver, Tank Art Centre, Cairns, Queensland
  • 2008 The Art World - curator Aaron Moulton, FEINKOST, Berlin, Germany (group)
  • 2007 Climate of Change – curator Bob and Roberta Smith, ASC, London, UK
  • 2006 Trauma & Art: Shards of Delineating Absence - SpielRaum, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 ANONYME ZEICHNER Galerie Blutenweiss, Berlin, Germany (group)
  • TERROR? Intersection in the Arts, San Francisco, USA
  • THE ATTENDER La Viande Gallery, London UK (group)
  • ERI:2 (EYELEVEL RE-INITIATIVE:2) Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Canada (group)
  • Behind Our Brittle Shells Nolia's Gallery, London UK (group)
  • WARATAH II: Oceanic Currents Knots Gallery, Sydney, Australia (group)
AWARDS/PRIZES/GRANTS/RESIDENCES
  • 2014 Finalist – Franc Vila Art Prize for Emerging Artists
  • 2010 Winner of Zelda Stedman Scholarship, University of Sydney
  • 2006 Artist-in-residence – SpielRaum, Berlin, Germany (six months)
BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • Observer (USA) Art World Descends on Brussels Despite Attacks—Just Don’t Call It an Art Capital – Voilen, G. April 2016 (https://observer.com/2016/04/art-world-descends-on-brussels-despite-attacks-just-dont-call-it-an-art-capital/)
  • AnOther Magazine (UK) - A Game of Detection – Seymour H. April 2016 (https://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/8608/what-to-see-at-art-brussels-this-weekend)
  • MAKMA (ES) – revista de arts visuals y cultura contemoporanea online 2014
  • TimeOut (AU), Online, Cumulus Attacked By A Contrary Wind, July 2012
  • TimeOut (AU), Exhibition of the Month, The Silent Hour, July and Sept 2011
  • RealTime Magazine, Gail Priest, Part 1: Sydney Scene, issue 103. Page 40, 2011
  • Trouble Art Magazine, White Cube, I love you… April Issue, page 19/20, 2010
  • Print Matters: Salon and Exhibition Guide page 2 2009
  • Umelec Contemporary Art Magazine (PR): Berlin / Prague page 24 issue 1 2008
  • Frieze, 'The Art World', Jan/Feb 2008 / Artforum, Jan/Feb 2008
  • Trauma & Art: Shards of Delineating Absence (publication) SpielRaum 2006
  • 'The Attender' Frieze Magazine: March / April issue 98 2006
  • Exhibition Guide – The Attender, La Viande Gallery 2006
  • Anonyme Zeichner #1, Catalogue: Blütenweiss Berlin, Germany 2006
  • Exhibition Guide - Beyond our Brittle Shells: Nolias Gallery, London 2005
  • Collector's Edition (dis-pose journal) issues 1 – 4: London UK 2005
  • Catalogue - Waratah Two: Oceanic Currents. House 418 Publishing 2003
  • COLLECTIONS
    • Manne Schulze Collection, Sydney
    • Swasbrook Collection, Auckland
    • 21 Restaurante, Barbate, Spain
    • Private collections, Sydney, Southern Highlands and London UK

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