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Artist Information

Artist Biography
With a focus on traditional craft, a seemingly almost extinct skill in today’s highly digitized world, this exhibition aims to bring light and exposure to the hands-on work. Ben Venom’s pillows, quilts and embroidery simultaneously mock and pay tribute to the encounter between two seemingly opposing forces. His interest in bringing together traditional handmade craft and the extremes of Heavy Metal culture is not an attempt to organize chaos into conservatism, but to provide a reinterpretation through a different medium. Ben Venom received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives in San Francisco.


Curriculum Vitae

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

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2013
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, .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
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

2011
Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Use Me, Scion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
December Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SLASH, C.E.S. Smith Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
You Should Be Living, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Birmingham, England
Nothing to Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Breaking Ranks, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Judgement Night, THIS LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Artpad SF, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010
Awake at Night, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fresh Work, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA
The Power of Selection, Part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Weight Perception, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Southern Art, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2nd Anniversary, POV Evolving, Los Angeles, CA
Black Lab, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
Diverse Chorus, Scoop Gallery, Charleston, SC
I Have Always Been Here, Phoenicia Association, Phoenix, AZ

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

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
2012
Heavy Quilting, Frist Center, Nashville, TN

2011
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

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012
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
Kimberly Chun, Ben Venom, SF Chronicle, September, pg. 14
Emily Savage, No Shushing, SF Bay Guardian, September, pg. 36
Rob Young, Iron Lore, ARTFORUM, November, pg. 115
Jan Schwarzkamp, Appetite for Destruction, Visions, October, pg. 9-11
Meighan O’Toole, Studio Visit, MyLoveForYou.typepad.com
Dreamweaver: This Guy’s Quilts Rock!, NPR All Things Considered
Roberto Friedman, Cornucopia of new Bay Area artworks, Bay Area Reporter, July 14, pg. 26
Meg Cox, Unexpected Quilters Among Us, Quilt Life Magazine, October, pg.46-50
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
Meighan O’Toole, Q & A with Ben Venom, MyLoveForYou.typepad.com
Stacey Ransom, Mr. Ben Venom. Ransom-Notes.net
Jennifer Maerz, Heavy Bedding, TheBoldItalic
Jay Santerre, Heavy Metal Quilter, BetweenTheHorns.ca
Larissa Erin Greer, Why Do Young Artists Leave Atlanta?, Burnaway.org
SF WEEKLY, Masterminds 2011, volume 30, number 4, pg. 16
Melanie Manslaughter, Profile of an Artist: Ben Venom, IllogicalContraption.blogspot.com

2010
Jerry Cullum, Southern Art at Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Burnaway.org
Studio Visit Magazine, volume 10, pg. 196
DailyServing.com, The Softer Side of Venom
Meighan O’Toole, Studio Visit with Venom, MyLoveForYou.typepad.com
Jakki Spicer, “Portrayals’ at Minna Dresden Gallery”, Artweek