Ben Skinner


A Heart Makes A Bad Hula Hoop, 2014
Neon, acrylic mirror, MDF, Plexi, stainless steel
48 X 0 in.

Ben Skinner grew up in a small oil town in Southern Ontario. He graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax in 2000, and with an MFA in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Ben lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

As a person interested in many things I have difficulty focusing
I love the blurry and the banal
I believe in the phonetics of materials and the grammar of space
I’m interested in the invisible systems of the everyday
Folk signage: KEYS CUT HERE
Estimation, approximation
and the challenge of accurate measuring
The wisdom of crowds
Old traditions of fine craftsmanship
Twisting a joke out of the mundane
Simple ideas
Semiotics for Dummies
The subjectivity of our words
Complexity simplified and back again
Perception. The anatomy of the human eye and the science of seeing
Optical illusions
Loops, self-referentiality, pangrams
The Ridiculous The Absurd. The Nonsensical
Silly-Putty and Slinkys
Self-imposed constraints
Flooding of ideas and materials
Now less is even more
More is More
Nerding out
Collecting, archiving, processing, filtering, editing
Patterns and the quest to discover them
Puzzles, magic, wonderment
Dogs, death and dopamine
Taking it and leaving it
Underlying meanings, fresh perspectives
Fun and new ways of wasting time
Holding the mustard
Growing accustomed to growing a pair
The history embodied in a rusty tool, or threadbare quilt
Skipping while frowning
Recognizing social and urban phenomena in the everyday
The peculiarities of human behaviour
Pointing at things
Grouping like things together (or unlike things)
Bouncing things against each other
Seeing what sticks
Littoral spaces
The long drive to relate to things - and missing the exit
Doing the The Hokey-Pokey to the Macarena song
Doing the Macarena to the Bird dance song
Hope and Humiliation
A passionate affinity toward all colours known and unknown
Colouring outside and reading between
Meaning in repetition