The monopoly “controversial” art holds on being the most reactionary and evocative is well over, just look at the extraordinarily tense artworks of Ben Woodeson and tell me your hands don’t start to claw and your neck itch or however it is you unconsciously react to some impending doom.
Ben’s work harnesses, with acute tension, the sensation of watching a door slam or a glass tip over when you’re just not close enough to stop it. Only his installations involve materials with more spectacularly destructive potential, panes of glass being a clear favourite.
The newest pieces are now on show in Retrospex curated by Hackney Wicked at London’s Elevator Gallery. The titles of the works announce the artists intention if, for example, the vase of pool balls counterbalancing the glass pane on a pivot didn’t give the game away already: Unsuitable For All Ages Meat Crushing Sculpture and Kick Ass Nail Your Butt to the Wall and Lonely Ball Balloon (Evil & Twisted), being most recent/most sinister.
- Hato's Ken Kirton on why co-creation really mattered in 2018
- Laurie Rowan on how he found his specific animation style
- Tony Hawk, 90s graphics, surfing and a whole lot more in new issue of Library Paper
- Seo-Young Kwon actively records thoughts and ideas that otherwise might float away
- Dante Zaballa's animation of Japan morphs through bullet trains and karaoke bars
- 2018 was the year Ezra Miller learned to take care of his brain
- Alex Gamsu Jenkins’ comics remind us of how gross we really are
- DIA channels NYC and gives Squarespace its signature kinetic treatment in brand refresh
- Pantone's Colour of the Year 2019 has been announced and it's... Living Coral!
- The animated short giving Isle of Dogs a run for its money
- Caleb Halter's instinctual design practice produces considered and refined work
- Designer Berke Yazicioglu “makes images that have a capacity for sound”