de Young Artist Studio

Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

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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

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 14, 2010 - 10:08am
Last Friday I did a poetry reading elsewhere, so I had not yet experienced the gallery on a Friday evening. Wow. Just wow.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 11, 2010 - 2:57pm
After questions about my background, my religion and alternately about my inspiration and vision, the most commonly asked question I've had in the gallery so far is 'How did you learn to do this stuff?' I'm sure that other Native artists have other answers to that question but here is a bit of an answer for me. I use a number of different beading techniques in my work.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 10, 2010 - 4:09pm
Someone asked me today where I got my beads. I have two stores I like to order from online. I have one place I like to go and poke through.  I have a serious bead collection myself. When community members see me bead they often donate things they think I'll like. Finally, I am  often given collections of beads from people who have passed.
Posted by Cynthia Inaba on June 7, 2010 - 12:58pm
June 6—Quiet Sunday It would likely be a mistake to judge the relative activity of Sundays in the gallery by the example of just the one. Today was, however, quite slow in terms of visitors.  Right up to the very last half hour we had only a few folk come and visit. This gives me the chance to mention the musicians who came by yesterday and yet somehow didn't get written about (I have an...

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