Ben Venom

Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with
a Master of Fine Arts degree. 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. Mr. Venom was interviewed on NPR: 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. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Arts, BURNAWAY, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Graphics Council, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. He lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

 

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All the Aces Hand-made Quilt with Recycled Fabric 95” x 105” 2014

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Strange Case of Mr. Wolfman and Dr. Death Hand-made Quilt, Heavy Metal T-Shirts, Fabric 50” x 75” 2013

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In on the Kill Taker Hand-made Quilt with Recycled Fabric 31” x 31” Framed in Raw Wood Shadowbox Frame 2014

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Caught Red Handed Hand-made Quilt with Recycled Fabric 31” x 33” 2014

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Black Cat Don’t Cross My Path! Hand-made Quilt, Heavy Metal T-shirts, Leather, Bleached Denim, Fabric 39” x43” Framed in White Shadowbox Frame 2014

 

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2014

JEANS / The National Folk Museum of Korea / Seoul, South Korea Hello Kitty / Japanese American National Museum / Los Angeles, CA Cruel Summer / Jonathan LeVine Gallery / New York, NY
Locals Only / RVCA Gallery / San Francisco, CA

5 year Anniversary Show / Ever Gold Gallery / San Francisco, CA Duel w/ Lucien Shapiro / Compound Project / Malibu, CA

At Home With / Guerrero Gallery / San Francisco, CA
Space Squared / White Walls Gallery / San Francisco, CA Littletopia / Breeze Block Gallery / L.A. Art Show

2013

Aqua Art Miami / Get This! Gallery / Miami, FL
Piece of Mind / Guerrero Gallery / San Francisco, CA
Affordable Art Fair / Youngblood Contemporary / Hamburg, Germany Music on My Mind / Charlotte Fogh Gallery / Aarhus, Denmark International Quilting Festival of Ireland / Galway, Ireland
Culture Cache / Joseph Gross Gallery / University of Arizona
Buddy System Invitational / Breeze Block Gallery / Portland, OR Inject the Venom / MISHKA / Brooklyn, New York
Word Play / Design Matters Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
RVCA Store Window Display / San Francisco, CA
Sea of Blasphemy / Curio Space / Venice, CA
Art Papers Magazine Auction / Atlanta, GA
Artists’ Annual / Kala Gallery / Berkeley, CA
Device / C.E.S. Smith Gallery / Laguna Beach, CA

2012

Aqua Art Miami / Get This! Gallery / Miami, FL
New Fine Art Editions and Series / Circle Culture Gallery / Berlin, Germany Hemmed In / Milton Keynes Gallery / Milton Keynes, England
A Thousand Words and Counting / Honolulu Museum of Art / Honolulu, HI December Group Show / Guerrero Gallery / San Francisco, CA
I Make No Mistakes / Get This! Gallery / Atlanta, GA
Piece Offering / John and June Allcott Gallery / Chapel Hill, NC
I Call The Shots / Guerrero Gallery / San Francisco, CA
Myths of Progress / Kala Gallery / Berkeley, CA
These Friends / THIS LA Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
Where My Cones At? / Double Break / San Diego, CA

AWARDS
2012 Best of the Bay: Stitch Wizard / San Francisco Bay Guardian

Best of Nashville / Quilting Extras at the Frist / Nashville Scene 2011 SF Weekly Masterminds Grant

2007 Jurors Choice Award / Beyond Printmaking: Landmark Arts Gallery Anderson Ranch Printmaking Scholarship / Snowmass Village, CO

2001 Vera Jernigan Green Memorial Art Award

LECTURES
2014 Perfect Cut / The National Folk Museum of Korea / Seoul, South Korea

Free Radicals / Southern Graphics Conference / San Francisco, CA 2013 I Call the Shots / Guerrero Gallery / San Francisco, CA

Artist Talk / Painting and Drawing to Print / San Francisco Art Institute

2012 Heavy Quilting / Frist Center / Nashville, TN

2011 Artist Talk / Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar / California College of Art Fireside Chat / Burnaway Magazine / Atlanta, GA

2010 Awake at Night / Senior Thesis Class / California College of Art, Oakland, CA Here Is… / Zeum Children’s Museum / San Francisco, CA

2009 Bang Your Head / Screenprint 101 / California College of Art, Oakland, CA

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014 Linda Seward / Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting / pg.17
Gina Gotsill / the Skull Show / Diablo Arts Magazine / pg.24 SWIY Denim Catalog
Scream Sirens Magazine

2013 Mike Maxwell / Ben Venom / Live Free Podcast
JD Beltran / Guerrero Gallery’s Last Show at 19th Street/ Huffington Post Monique Delaunay / Piece of Mind and Vessel / SF Art Enthusiast
Kristin Bauer / Heavy Metal Art / Beautiful Decay
Maria Elena Buszek / Workt by Hand Exhibition Catalog / Brooklyn Museum Allister Lee / Black is Beautiful / Lodown Magazine
Nessa Reifsnyder / Creative Mojo Radio

2012 Ekin Sanac / Hand-Crafted Metal / Bant Magazine / Issue #14 Justin Van Hoy / Milk and Honey / Ammo Books / pg. 138-141 Наталия Черкасова / Art Guide / Russia
Shane Herrick / Heavy Metal Quilter / Huck Magazine / Issue #33 Ryan Nix / Ben Venom / Sabrezine / Volume 8

Felicia Feaster / Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts / Atlanta Journal Constitution Jerry Cullum / Ben Venom Contrasts Domestic Craft with Heavy Metal Macho Arts Atlanta / September 3
Kirsten Ballard / Quilts Displayed at Hanes Art Center / Daily Tarheel

Henry Samuels / Creator of the Quilts: Ben Venom / Creative Loafing Joyce Lovelace / Dark Arts / American Craft / pg. 36
Forty / Soft Metal / Lodown Magazine #81 / pg. 160-165
Lara Watson / A Stellar Line-Up / Mollie Makes / pg. 39

Laura Hutson / Critics’ Pick / Nashville Scene / June / pg. 25
Brian Schott / Raised by Wolves / Whitefish Review #11 / pg.91-92 Agency Charlie / Meet Ben Venom / Video Interview / agencycharlie.com

2011 Rob Young / Iron Lore / ARTFORUM / November / pg. 115
Kimberly Chun / Ben Venom / SF Chronicle / September / pg. 14
Emily Savage / No Shushing / SF Bay Guardian / September / pg. 36
Jan Schwarzkamp / Appetite for Destruction / Visions / October / pg. 9-11 Dreamweaver: This Guy’s Quilts Rock! / NPR All Things Considered
Roberto Friedman / Cornucopia of new Bay Area artworks / Bay Area Reporter Meg Cox / Unexpected Quilters Among Us / Quilt Life Magazine / October Leigh Markopoulos / Bay Area Now 6 / Art Practical
Matt Sussman / California Dreaming / SF Bay Guardian / Volume 45, Issue 42 Grant Marek / Betsy Ross + Black Sabbath / Thrillist.com
Justin Quirk / Home of Metal: a history of the heavy in seven objects / Guardian U.K. / July
Jennifer Maerz / Heavy Bedding / TheBoldItalic
Larissa Erin Greer / Why Do Young Artists Leave Atlanta? / Burnaway.org
SF WEEKLY / Masterminds 2011 / volume 30 / number 4 / pg. 16

EDUCATION
2007 San Francisco Art Institute / San Francisco, CA

Master of Fine Arts

2005 San Francisco Art Institute / San Francisco, CA
Post Baccalaureate Certificate / Emphasis in Printmaking

2001 Georgia State University / Atlanta, GA / Bachelor of Fine Art