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Ben Cain

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Ben Cain's practice deals with themes of work, labour, and artistic action. Cain has recurrently explored art’s ambiguous relationship to industry, commodification and immaterial labour. He is interested in how artworks might pose questions about what we think they are doing and, by implication, our role as viewers in their social and cultural production.

Ben Cain lives and works in London and Zagreb. He is a tutor on Fine Art at London Metropolitan University, and Central Saint Martins, London. Cain studied his MA at Jan van Eyck Akademie in 2000, and his BA in Interactive arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in 1997. Throughout his career Cain has worked with sculpture, installation, theatre, sound, performance, and publication. His work has been exhibited internationally included Manifesta 9, Genk, in 2012, and Weils, Brussels, in 2009. Recently his work has been exhibited several UK institutions including Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Turner Contemporary, Margate, BlueCoat Gallery, Liverpool, The Tetley, Leeds, and Site Gallery, Sheffield.

 

Ben Cain, Untitled, 2016, ash, marble dust, pigment (burnt umber), tools, materials - 420 x 420cm

Installation View: Ben Cain, Companions, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Curated by Rose Lejuene 2015

Ben Cain, Arm Chair, 2015, powder coated steel rod with starched shirt sleeves

Ben Cain, Arm Chair, 2015, powder coated steel rod with starched shirt sleeves

Ben Cain, The Approximate Average Length of an Arm of a Group of 20 People That I met in Urbino in the Summer, 2015, 72.43cm length of 4mm wooden dowel

Ben Cain, Arm on Arm on Arm, 2015, 7 digital archive photpographic prints

Ben Cain, The Material Said Nothing, seven floor-based panels, inc. print on fabric, sound and text (photocopy) Zagreb (2015)

Ben Cain, Theatrical Technique of Suggesting Action, Zagreb (2015)

Ben Cain, Group Work, Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool (2015)

Ben Cain, Group Work, BlueCoat Gallery, Liverpool (2015)

Installation View: Ben Cain, Figure, Finger, Figure, Finger, Figure, Finger, Tenderpixel, London (2015)

Ben Cain, Wood Into Stone, 2014, Screen Printed Marble. In Collaboration with Trykkeriet, Bergen

Ben Cain, A Stage Before, Supplement, London (2014)

Ben Cain, A Stage Before, Supplement, London (2014)

Ben Cain, Jesse Ash, A Stuttering Exhibition, CRAC Alsace. Lecture by Vanessa Desclaux (2014)

Ben Cain, We Don't Work, South London Gallery, as part of My Vocabulary Did This to me, curated by Anna Gritz (2014)

Ben Cain, DownTime, The Tetley, Leeds, (2014)

Ben Cain, Work in the Dark, 2012, Manifesta9. Hand painted (marble), plywood beams, machine, 4 sets of 3 objects-shapes, 1 set of 20 posters


Ben Cain, Work in Progress, 2012, (Poster Series),


Ben Cain, Work in Progress, 2012, A0 photocopies on white 90gsm paper


Ben Cain, Dear Doing, 2012, Red brick walls (with cement), hand-written posters, 2 photographs on archive paper


Ben Cain, Dear Doing, 2012, Red brick walls (with cement), hand-written posters, 2 photographs on archive paper


Ben Cain, Dear Doing, 2012, Red brick walls (with cement), hand-written posters, 2 photographs on archive paper


Ben Cain, Making of the Means, 2009, Giclee Prints on heavy archive paper x 15 (70 x 50 cm), bespoke 'display units' watercolour drawings (3 x 10m) naked gas flame bunsen bruner and gas canister, hand written text on heavy archive paper, 3 min sound loop, solid oak spheres, audio performance (inc spoken text, and string instruments. Wiels, Burssels.


Ben Cain, Making of the Means, 2009, Giclee Prints on heavy archive paper x 15 (70 x 50 cm), bespoke 'display units' watercolour drawings (3 x 10m) naked gas flame bunsen bruner and gas canister, hand written text on heavy archive paper, 3 min sound loop, solid oak spheres, audio performance (inc spoken text, and string instruments. Wiels, Burssels


Ben Cain, So This Object..., 2011, 9 A0 Posters, paper objects, regular 90 gsm paper


Ben Cain, Setting Up An Errr, 2010, ink on Rizographic prints on heavy archive paper, display unit, hosehold paint, timber, hard board.


Ben Cain, Time Space Effort II, 2011, Room 1 ,8 Giclee prints on archive paper, metal structure (polished and waxed aluminium), 45 degree shelf, hand written text


Ben Cain, Time, Space, Effort, II, 2011, Room 2, 45 degree shelf, hand written text, hand blown glass, hand made unfired ceramic spheres, hand made solid oak spheres, video (4min loop)t


Ben Cain, Time, Space, Effort I, 2011, Herbert Read Gallery, Cantebury,


Ben Cain, The Same Old Shapes Keep Reappearing, 2010, Installation with sound, Hand painted posters, bespoke wooden display units, melons, sweeping brushes, cd.


Ben Cain, Me, You, The Rock, 2010, Giclee Print on heavy archive paper, bronze , table top, tressel legs.