Title: Ecstatic Breach
Artist: Ben Westergreen
Dates: December 9th – January 7th, 2018
Location: Cartems Donuterie (534 W Pender St)
Reception: December 9th, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm
Born in Yellowknife NT in 1985, Ben Westergreen began his work through street art – a projection of the self & reclaiming physical space. This practice continues as a meditative exploration of the unconscious grounding itself in landscape. Entrenched in a process-based practice, the artist seeks outside itself a manifestation of the ego, self-identity and role. An artifact of a rhythmic dance through stream-of-consciousness play. The techno-queered landscape undulates through destruction, self-humiliation and acceptance.
The Studies for a Portrait series are process-based explorations of queer identity. The forms are both freed from their gender attributions and constructed through landscape symbology – exposing underlying connections to the earth and the space between us. Reveries of an unsettled space that disturbs and consoles.