Opened Saturday, January 12, 2013
CoCA Belltown Gallery
Reception date to be announced
From the artist:
In Projector, Ben Buswell creates a series of works that point to the disappearance of self and the construction of knowledge. In this recent body of work, Ben highlights emergent systems in the creation of the art object, willfully disappearing the metaphysically deft stroke of the artist's hand. The massing of many insignificant, artless gestures undermines the assumption of a meaningful narrative and points to the physical processes of experience.
Rather than utilizing imagery associated with particular cultural or personal significance, Ben utilizes images that are cross-culturally and historically ubiquitous. Communication technology, mirror glass and the figure: each, in it's own right, is an archetype of both meaning and cliché. By conflating the reading of these images with the comprehension of their physical structure these works function as surrogates for self-reflection and question where the foundation of understanding lies.
Ben Buswell lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his MFA from The University of Wisconsin- Madison, and BFA from Oregon State University. Solo exhibitions include The Shadow and the Willing at the Helzer Gallery (2010) and TENNESSEE at TILT Gallery and Project Space (2008). Ben has been included in The Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum (2006) Portland 2012 at Disjecta and recent exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2011 Ben received aCareer Opportunity Grant from The Oregon Art Commission and Ford Family Foundation.
CoCA Belltown Gallery is 'open' 24/7. 2721 First Avenue (First and Clay) on the Clay side of the building.