de Young Artist Studio

Ben Venom

May 6, 2015May 31, 2015

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, May 29, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments

Thrill of It All

Ben Venom's residency will expand on his current body of work by completing 9' x 11' handmade quilts constructed in part from donated/repurposed material (i.e. band shirts, jeans, etc.). This material, donated by friends, family, and community members, will become the foundation for the quilts. By stitching used clothing into a unified piece, the quilts display a multitude of personal histories. Everyone's unexplained stains, tears, or rips will be included and when displayed, visitors will be able to see a piece of themselves sewn into a functional quilt. The designs will draw from research in the fields of mythology, the occult, folklore, and motorcycle gang logos.

Venom received an MA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. His work was included in the November 2011 issue of ARTFORUM Magazine, and he was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered and by Creative Mojo Radio. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Denmark), Circle Culture Gallery (Germany), Wolverhampton Gallery (England), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Get This! Gallery (Atlanta), the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the National Folk Museum of Korea. Venom has lectured at California College of Arts, BURNAWAY, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Graphics Council, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. He lives and works in San Francisco.

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Jenne Giles, "Mother and Child," 2013
August 5, 2015August 30, 2015
Taro Hattori, "Where Do Birds Go Off to Die," 2010. Paper. 20' x 20' x 26'
September 2, 2015October 4, 2015
Mapping: Alameda County demographics by Carlo Abruzzese
October 7, 2015November 1, 2015