You're So Vane
Vane are marking their twenty-fifth anniversary in fine style with this exciting new show from Bobby Benjamin, a Teesside based artist. Working primarily in found materials, he makes paintings and sculptures that explore themes of class, masculine identity and place. His use of found objects act as a creative restraint within which he addresses the voyeuristic relationship between the arts as an industry, and the working/underclass. He challenges cultural hegemony and hierarchical perceptions of culture while embracing the history of found objects and the materiality of paint. His work is site specific and transient with objects and symbols regularly re-imagined from one piece to the next to act as recurring motifs or ‘Easter eggs’.
Object: Bobby Benjamin, 9 June-2 July, Vane, Orbis Community, 65 High Street, Gateshead.vane.org.uk