Closing Reception: "Thrill of It All," by Artist-in-Residence Ben Venom
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Ben Venom, All the Aces, 2014. Hand-made quilt with recycled fabric, 95 x 105 in.
Kimball Education Gallery
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Friday Nights 6–8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Thrill of It All
Tonight, join us in celebrating the artist's residency with refreshments.
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 textiles 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.
Throughout the month, visitors can create their own patches based on Venom's designs during open studio hours. We provide the materials!
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 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.
Friday Nights at the de Young public programs and admission into the Kimball Education Gallery are free of charge. Tickets are required to visit the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries.
Contact InformationKevin Chen
Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation, and the Estate of Delores M. Schweizer. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.