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Ben Hartley

Ben Hartley is an eco-anxious artist based in Bristol. Concerned with the environmental impact of the art world and it’s obsession with material perfection. Believing perfection to be a wholly unsustainable concept, Ben believes the rejection of it constitutes a radical act. Ben’s practice attempts to produce a sustainable approach to art making, using waste materials from the ever-expanding mass of indigestible rubbish from our capitalist society scavenged from the actual and virtual explorations of pre-apocalyptic urban space. These disparate materials are moulded by Ben into sculptural collages, two-dimensional and digital explorations, resisting the temptation of permanence, using inherently ephemeral methods such as fastening, tying and folding.

Ben graduated with a degree in Art & Visual Culture from the University of the West of England in 2019. He is currently a studio holder and associate member at The Artist Project Space.

 

Works

Sculptural

Works on Paper

Digital

CV

  • 2019 – BA (Hons) Art & Visual Culture – University of the West of England
  • 2016 – Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – Strode College

  • 2020 – Assemblage, Fringe Arts Bath
  • 2020 – Something Orange, Test Space 
  • 2019 – Debris, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
  • 2019 – That’s Nice, UWE Studios, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
  • 2019 – Dark Matter, UWE Studios, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
  • 2019 – Remember Me, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford UK
  • 2019 – ginger beer: a second queer art exhibition, The Island, Bristol 
  • 2018 – ___ in the ___ with a ___, 262 Hotwell Road, Bristol UK
  • 2018 – Open Day, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg AT
  • 2018 – Spike Open 2018, Spike Island, Bristol UK
  • 2018 – HOVER CAR, F Block Gallery, Bristol UK
  • 2018 – Please Come In and Leave, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol UK 
  • 2018 – ginger beer: a queer art exhibition, The Island, Bristol UK
  • 2018 – Greyscale, Southbank Club, Bristol UK
  • 2017 – Buy or Burgle It, PRSC Outdoor Gallery, Bristol UK
  • 2017 – Spike Open 2017, Spike Island, Bristol UK
  • 2017 – FLESH, The Crypt, Bristol UK
  • 2016 – environMENTAL, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton UK

  • 2019 – Dark Matter, UWE Studios, Spike Island, Bristol UK
  • 2019 – ginger beer 002: a second queer art exhibition, The Island, Bristol UK 
  • 2018 – ginger beer: a queer art exhibition, The Island, Bristol UK

  • 2019 – RUNG Magazine Issue #002