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ARMOR for FLOWERS for URGES for BEING HERE: Ben Gould
January 15, 2016 - February 25, 2016
ARMOR for FLOWERS for URGES for BEING HERE explores Gould’s processing and understanding of his recent diagnosis with Tourette’s Syndrome. Due to the circumstances of his condition and treatment, certain limits have transformed his everyday life; he cannot lift over ten pounds, he cannot use power tools, he cannot run, he cannot climb… His current body of work utilizes these limits as constructive tools in learning how to navigate this new and different way of living.
The work is not a product of this learning process, but rather an integral part of the process itself. The exhibition consists of video work and a corresponding installation. The video documents an exercise performed on Lost Lake, at Gould’s childhood home in Northern California, while the installation acts as a physical manifestation of the phenomenon experienced by the artist’s body in a state of release and healing. Incorporating elements and symbology from Gould’s youth into his current and evolving condition, a new understanding of present life emerges.
Ben Gould currently lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. He was born in Grass Valley, California in 1993, and was raised there, in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, next to a decommissioned gold mine and a river. He individually and collaboratively creates work that hinges on teetering scales of physicality, presence, supposed limits, and learning. To find our more please visit: bengould.net