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Ben Skinner grew up in a small oil town in Southern Ontario. He graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax in 2000, and with an MFA in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Ben lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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As a person interested in many things I have difficulty focusing
I love the blurry and banal
Folk signage: KEYS CUT HERE
Old traditions of fine craftsmanship
The spontaneity of a child’s scribble
I believe in the phonetics of materials and the grammar of space
I’m interested in the invisible systems of the everyday
Twisting a joke out of the mundane
Simple ideas
Tactility
The subjectivity of words
Perception and the complexity of the human eye
Loops, self-referentiality, pangrams
Ridiculous self-imposed constraints
Collecting, archiving, processing, filtering, editing
Patterns and the quest to discover them
Puzzles, magic
The rich history embodied in a rusty tool, or threadbare quilt
Skipping while frowning
Recognizing social and urban phenomena
The peculiarities of human behavior
Pointing at things
Directing attention to something easily missed
Grouping like things together (or unlike things)
Bouncing things against each other
Shifting focus and contexts to widen Art’s lens
Littoral spaces
Absurdity. Nonsense
The drive to relate to things
Doing the The Hokey-Pokey to the Macarena song
Doing the Macarena to the Bird dance song
Hope and Humiliation