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Ben Valentine
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Genre:Conceptual;


ARTIST STATEMENT: By revealing an essential nature of a subject through multiple perspectives, a perspective incorporating past, present and future, or reduction, my art aims at a new objectivity. This process, transforming objects into concepts without ignoring their physicality, is visually intriguing without being illusory. Through relatable objects and clear processes that use as little outside material as possible, my work examines our place within a physical world.
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  • Ghost
    2010
    Cement, plastic bottle
    Cement cast with plastic bottle mold remaining.

  • Dirtcast
    2010
    dirt, resin
    Found bottles were cast with dirt found around them.

  • City Echo
    2009
    plaster, original plastic cap, graphite

  • City Echo
    2009
    Paint can, original paint.
    Found paint cans altered using the paint left inside to remind the viewer where the object came from.

  • Home Echo
    2010
    Paint can, original paint.
    Found paint cans altered using the paint left inside to remind the viewer where the object came from.

  • Homecasts (installation)
    2010
    cement, original caps, shelf   6'x4'x2'
    Installation of cement casts of common plastic bottles. From store to home to waste, this installation confronts consumption as a whole.

  • Mountain Dew
    2010
    Mountain Dew, Sugar Packets, custom display..
    Performative sculpture comprised of 248 grams, the amount in a 2-liter mountain dew, of sugar packets that were frozen in a 2-liter of mountain dew and allowed to melt.

  • Untitled
    Cement, spray paint
    Installation using cement casts of everyday products left in inner-city parks.

  • 20oz Mountain Dew
    2010
    digital print
    Series of photographs of 20oz sodas that were boiled to evaporate water until all that remained was a hard substance.

  • 20oz Mountain Dew II
    2010
    digital print
    Series of photographs of 20oz sodas that were boiled to evaporate water until all that remained was a hard substance.

  • 20oz Coke
    2010
    digital print
    Series of photographs of 20oz sodas that were boiled to evaporate water until all that remained was a hard substance.

  • 20oz Fanta
    2010
    digital print
    Series of photographs of 20oz sodas that were boiled to evaporate water until all that remained was a hard substance.

  • History
    2010
    wood, cinder block, brick
    The entirety of a 2×4 (burned), a whole cinder block (ground), and one entire brick (ground). Installation changes according to materials near display.

  • Untitled

  • Material Wealth
    2010
    Copper, diamonds, gold, silver, bullets.
    Copper maps of Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Afghanistan. Each map has either copper, silver, gold, or diamonds on it representing each country’s unique and vast material w

  • Oxycontin
    2010
    Steel, copper, paper   4'x2'
    A painting of the molecular structure of oxycontin, and a branding iron with the structure as a brand. Oxycontin is a powerful pain killer similar to heroin in effect.

  • Ring of Drug Baggies
    2010
    Found drug baggies or digital print.   ongoing
    A ring of drug baggies found while walking around Brooklyn. This is an ongoing piece that will unfortunately continue to grow as baggies are found.

  • Language Evolution (Sext)
    2010
    books, paper.
    Installation incorporating dictionaries or books on the English language with a word that was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, like sext or bromance. The title of this piece will chang

  • Out of the Album
    2010
    Family photo album, every photo I am tagged in on Facebook
    Family photo album with every photographed I am publicly tagged in on facebook at the time of the installation.

  • identity
    2010
    digital print
    Photograph of high school class room with individuals’ thumb prints.
 








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