Ben Hartley Ruderal Artist Book
Limited edition of ten A5 booklet printed on 100% recycled paper,
bound with scavenged plastic rope and
rubber bands, each featuring unique
samples of dried ruderal plants and rubbish.
A5 [14.8 x 21 x 3 cm]
To accompany and expand on Episode 4 of
the Bricks Podcast, “Ruderal”.
6 in stock
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.