Ever Gold Gallery is proud to present Let’s Go All The Way, an exhibition of new textile works by Ben Venom. Let’s Go All The Way is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Working with repurposed materials, Venom combines the often menacing and combative countercultural imagery of biker gangs, metal music and the occult with the comforts of domesticity in a series of quilts and textile-based works. Through this collision of traditional quilting techniques and aesthetics tied to the fringes of society, Venom re-envisions the narrative of contemporary materials and examines the possibility for a new interpretation of American folk craft.
In this new body of work, Venom includes an experimental selection of materials, incorporating goatskin, bandanas, and canvas alongside his staple heavy metal t-shirts. Soaring eagles, charging tigers, and bloodstained knives confront the viewer in five large works, pushing these over-the-top icons and themes into a larger than life experience. Works like Once Bitten Twice Shy playfully reference 1980s metal culture with its white denim and leather construction, while Iron Fist places viewers face to face with predatory forces. It’s time to place your bets… Aces High!
Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has recently exhibited at the National Folk Museum of Korea (Seoul), the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Denmark), Circle Culture Gallery (Germany), Wolverhampton Gallery (England), and the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles). 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, San Francisco. He has been interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered, the Frame, and Creative Mojo Radio. Venom has lectured at the California College of Arts, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Graphics Council, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. During May 2015, Venom will be the artist in residence at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. He is currently adjunct faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute.