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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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ARTIST RESUME:


Education
Earlham College May, 2009
B.A., Studio Art
Academic and Departmental Honors

Employment

Tara Donovan Studios August 10, 2010 to present
Full time studio assistant.

Christopher West Presents Summer, 2010
Intern whose jobs included photographically documenting the gallery and art, creating facebook and flickr pages, updating the gallery blog, installation, writing press releases, and assisting with a contemporary art auction.

Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) October, 2009 to July, 2010
Special Projects and Variable Art Team Intern under Head Object Conservator, Richard McCoy. Responsibilities included documentation and examination reports of works by Maya Lin, El Anatsui, Robert Smithson, and installation as well as maintenance of Tara Donovan exhibition. My internship involved photographic documentation, filing reports in our database, researching works, interviewing artists, and physical maintenance of artworks.

Indianapolis Art Center Fall, 2009
Studio monitor for the metalsmithing studio. Assisted students with technical and aesthetic questions about their work as well as maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

Earlham’s Explore-A-College Summer, 2009
Teaching Assistant for beginning metalsmithing under professor Nathan Jones. Explore-A-College is a summer program for high school students to receive two college credits. I was recruited to be a TA as well as a mentor.

Earlham College Fall 2008-Spring 2009
Teaching Assistant for Beginning Metalsmithing under Professor Nathan Jones.

Art Exhibitions

2010
Christopher West Presents, Indianapolis, IN.
Installation Nation, Indianapolis, IN. A national juried exhibition of installation art.
Passageway, Des Moines, IA.
Bootleg Exhibitions, Indianapolis, IN.
Contemporary Art Truck
Founder/curator/artist. I wanted to rethink traditional gallery space, orchestrating small shows in unexpected spaces with emerging artists.
Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN.

2009
Art and Soul Gallery, Muncie, IN. Featured artist.
Midwest Emerging Artists, Indianapolis, IN.

Professional Activities

Guest lecturer for Dr. Kimball and the Fine Art contingent of the Richmond High School Academic Team of Indiana at the IMA addressing the turning point in art history between Modern and Postmodern art.

Founder of a contemporary art blog, Contemporaryartruck.blogspot.com.

Invited to guest blog for the IMA blog to discuss the Tara Donovan exhibition.

Invited cover artist for the Journal of Interest, a small Midwestern creative journal.

References available upon request.
 








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