Monday, January 19, 2009 - 5:00am - 5:50am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon January 19, 2009
“Ben Reeves lives and works in Vancouver where he teaches at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Reeves' drawings focus on the physical surface of painting. In these works he delineates each brush stroke from a painting paradoxically using a rigorous graphite contour line to produce the dense pattern of painterly gesture. These works highlight formal structures while causing the figurative image to slip away within an apparently abstract field: the language of representation supersedes its subject. Reeves investigates the inevitable gap between 'reality' and representation: a space where the world is rationalized through visual conventions”.
Reeves' recent exhibitions include: 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'Université du Québec à Montréal); High Points: Canadian Contemporary Art, Ten Years of Recent Acquisitions at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal; 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.
A feature article by David Jager, "Painting in Tongues: The brush-stroke language of Ben Reeves" appears in the summer's edition of Canadian Art Magazine.