It’s a tricky thing, viewing the work of artist Ben Skinner—you catch yourself reading, absorbing, appreciating and simultaneously fighting the urge to snap a photo and immediately re-appropriate his multimedia text works to your own blog/Instagram/Twitter. Using an intriguing selection of materials (ranging from gold foil to neon to sprinkles), Skinner elegantly spells out heartbreaking phrases ripped from the Zeitgeist, with a little extra flair. The witty, multicolored multimedia works tow the line between design and art, with a little extra emphasis on drawing, craft and the making of an actual object. Many of his works could easily find a life as a piece of printed design, but it’s Skinner’s willingness to experiment with materials that allows his flat, graphic works to go one step further into the realm of something more substantial.
Vancouver based Ben Skinner’s text based work is inspired by hand made folk objects, nostalgia, the banal, and the inherent history in old objects.
Ben Skinner, a Vancouver based artist, has a knack for presenting ideas and phrases in the most visually relevant, and witty way. The “I got your back” dominoes kills me, so clever!