(There is no way I could resist sharing this. Ben Frost has been my favorite artist for a long time and I just about went insane when I saw this)
*Serving Suggestion – Opening Thursday July 12th, 8pm
Don’t Tell Mama Gallery – 108 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Canada.
Continues until the first week of August
Australian born artist Ben Frost presents an installation of new artworks at Don’t Tell Mama Gallery, opening July 12th.
The controversial painter and street artist will be showcasing a unique body of work, critiquing our media obsessed society and our loss of innocence through advertising. Ben’s work subverts logos, icons and characters from popular culture and re-presents them in startling and often confronting new ways.
Frost says ‘I’ve always loved to poke fun at the world around me – especially in relation to advertising and mass-produced consumerism. I want to show a world as it really is -where Bugs Bunny is high on Special K, where Hello Kitty and Tony the Tiger are making out, and where Goofy has the blood of the world on his hands.’
’*Serving Suggestion’ not only explores how ‘pre-packaged’ life styles are proposed to us through advertising, but also challenges the process of art making through the use of medium and subject matter.
The exhibition will feature paintings onto ‘found’ objects, such as pharmaceutical packages, breakfast cereal boxes and re-cycled cardboard, sourced often from the street and supermarket trash bins.
Another element will be large scale ‘paste-ups’ – a medium Frost has become renowned for – where artwork is painted directly onto large sheets of paper and applied in the street. In this case, these paste-ups will be put up on the street after the exhibition, on the artist’s continuing travels.
Ben Frost has been exhibiting throughout the world for the last 12 years and has been involved in his own share of controversy. In 2000 he faked his own death for an exhibition suitably titled ‘Ben Frost is Dead’ which made national news in Australia. His painting ‘White Children Playing’ caused a stir for its graphic depiction of children using drugs and a masked and disgruntled assailant slashed one of the paintings in his exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. Police also tried to remove one of his collaborative artworks in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney because of its graphic nature.
He also began and continues to run the Australian street art website ‘Stupid Krap’ and started the yearly paste-up festival Paste-Modernism, which is the largest of its kind in the world.