Artist Talk – Ben Reeves – “Complicated Matter”

Ben Reeves is a former Sessional Instructor and Printmaking Technician at UBC.  He is currently Assistant Professor specializing in painting and drawing at ECIAD.

Artist Statement:
“In my work I am ruminating on how representations are internalized, then projected outwards–mapped onto the world.  I am interested in how representation alters and shapes our physical experience and perception of reality. That painting operates as both image and substance parallels this understanding. Painting has a mediated and an immediate aspect.  Otherwise insubstantial images are bodied forth with an inexorable physicality. My paintings accentuate this duality with moments where thick paint insists on its materiality–challenging the illusionism of the picture, even as it is integral to it.”

Ben Reeves studied at the University of British Columbia (BFA) and the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England (MA). Some exhibitions include: Smoke, Flowers, Cars at Jessica Bradley ART+PROJECTS, Complicated Matter at Museum London; Drawing Painting at the Oakville Galleries; Shifting Space: Cultural Transformations at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Art in Chongqing, China; the traveling show, Lines Painted in Early Spring (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery; The Koffler Centre, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, and Galerie de l’UQAM); High Points: Canadian Contemporary Art, Ten Years of Recent Acquisitions at the Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal; and For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ben is represented by the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver and by Jessica Bradley ART+PROJECTS in Toronto. He has been a Lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor (painting) at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph, and is currently Assistant Professor specializing in painting and drawing at ECI.