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Ben Snead

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Bashford Dean, 2013
Oil on linen
40” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist and Feature Inc., New York, NY

Ben Snead creates paintings of patterns that are made up of fish, insects and birds. The animals are all taken from illustrations in guidebooks, which the artist photocopies and distorts to achieve different perspectives. He recreates these copies in paintings, which appear smooth and flawless. From afar, the intricately patterned fish and insects, usually set against a monochrome background, abstract into grids and networks. Family of the Old and New World, depicts fish found in lakes in East Africa and in the Amazon River Basin. Strands of these fish intertwine to create an outline reminiscent of a face or mask. Snead has also created a portrait of Bashford Dean for Tandem Pursuits. In this painting, Dean’s face is composed of a painted collage of catfish, the subject of Dean’s doctoral work.

Snead’s work has been exhibited at Feature Inc., New York, NY; OHT Gallery, Boston, MA; Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; and Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington, DC. In 2008, he was commissioned to create a large mosaic at the Jay Street-Borough Hall subway station in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Snead received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Family of the Old and New World, 2007
Oil on linen
55” x 73 ¼”
Courtesy of the artist and Feature Inc., New York, NY 
Photo: Ken Goebel 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.