''...I grew sick and sicker,until I was forced to Shut my Door.I shut my door to every single person.Except my Thoughts...''
giovedì 8 novembre 2012
Interview with Ben Venom
the people who don't know your work - how would you describe it ?
a)I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional
handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. My work
can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed. Imagery
found in Heavy Metal music, the Occult, and Motorcycle Gangs are stitched
together with recycled materials using techniques usually relegated to your
Grandmothers sewing circle. Serious, yet attempting to take on a B movie Horror
film style where ridiculousness becomes genius. The question remains… Can I
play with madness?
are the key themes running through your practice?
a)Some of my more recent pieces are heavily
influenced from tattoos and certain aspects of biker gang culture. The majority
of the work borrows from the Occult, Mysticism, and Music.
favorite place on earth?
influences your work?
a)Reading books and researching ideas on
music are you into right now?
a)The new Baroness album Green / Yellow ,
YOB, Hazzards Cure, Zoroaster, Acid King, Black Cobra, Kylesa, Red Fang
your thought & design process...
a)The process begins with a hand drawn
sketch transferred into photoshop for further manipulation and re-sizing. Each
t-shirt is then hand cut to a corresponding piece within the overall design and
appliquéed onto the top layer using my Juki F-600 sewing machine. The final
step is to bind all layers of the piece by sewing the quilting stitch. In the
end...even the beasts of Hell need a warm blanket to sleep with!
emerging artists are you looking forward to seeing more of?
a)Erin Riley, Bill McRight, Kevin Earl
Taylor, Jeff Eisenberg...
place on the internet?
have any upcoming projects/exhibitions we should know about?
a)I will be exhibiting work at Circle
Culture Gallery in Berlin, Germany and Milton Keynes Gallery in England in the
next 2 months. My work is included in the book Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art
that was just released via Ammo books and is now available through Barne and
Noble or Amazon.comAmazon.com. Get This! Gallery will be
exhibiting some of my quilts at the Aqua Art Miami fair in the early December.
Check out HUCK Magazine: The Identity Issue....I have a small interview in
us something we don't know - but should...
a)I am a self-taught quilter and am still