BEN COVE
My work ranges from painting and sculpture, to installed works, drawing, digital work and
video. Originally trained in architecture, my work often takes its cue from the legacy of
Modernism. In particular I am interested in the endeavour and the propositional; that which is
offered up for evaluation or contemplation. Often borrowing from existing models that are
conceived as optimistic or progressive, I am interested in the relationship between form and
function; usefulness and uselessness, structure and decoration, brash and sober. There is
a formal interest in the placing of pattern and colour alongside more mute materials; flat
colour on linen, cast concrete with coloured glass or timber with coloured wool. I construct
objects and images which are familiar but ambiguous. The relationship between the
monumental and the intimate is explored through the uncertainty of scale. The work is
characterised by a playfulness and dumbness which sits alongside an apparently serious
intent. The play between the fictional and the real manifests itself in the ambiguity of pictorial
space. Pieces seem to declare themselves but give little away.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2006 – Practical Mechanics, Cell Project Space, London
2004 – New Plastic Universal, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2002 – Tilted, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds

Group

2008 – Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Whitehall Offices, London
2008 – Cantilever, Collyer Bristow, London
2008 – SPACE Now, The Triangle, London
2007 – Cube Open, Cube Gallery, Manchester
2007 – Dorian Gray, The Vegas Gallery, London
2007 – Public Pages, Dartington College of Arts, Totnes
2006 – Celeste Art Prize, The Truman Brewery, London
2006 – The Painting Show, O Contemporary, Brighton
2006 – Objects in Waiting, The End Gallery, Sheffield
2006 – New Trends in Painting, The City Gallery, Leicester
2005 – Young British Art, The Silesian Castle of Art, Cieszyn, Poland
2005 – N.W. Open Prize [Winner], Art Gene, Barrow, Cumbria.
2005 – Catapults and High Jinx, The London Print Studio Gallery, London
2003 – Thermo 03, The Lowry, Salford
2002 – Flatlands, The Pumphouse Gallery, London
2001 – Bloodstream, Islington Mill, Salford
2001 – Northern Graduates, Curwen & New Academy Galleries, London
2000 – Runners Up, Bloc, Sheffield

Residencies

2007 – Art Gene, Barrow, Cumbria (6 weeks)
2006 – Acme Studios Fire Station, London (current – 2.5 years)
2003 – Yorkshire Art Space Residency, Sheffield (6 weeks)

Awards

2008 – Warden’s Purchase Award, Goldsmiths College
2006 – Acme Studios Bursary, London
2006 – A.C.E. Awards for Artists for Practical Mechanics, Cell Project Space, London
2006 – A.H.R.C. Awards for Post-Graduate Study, Goldsmiths MFA
2005 – North West Open Exhibition Winner, Art Gene, Barrow, Cumbria
2004 – A.C.E. Awards for Artists for New Plastic Universal, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2002 – A.C.E. Awards for Artists for Tilted, L.M.U. Gallery, Leeds

Education

2008 – M.F.A. Fine Art, Goldsmiths College
2001 – B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, (1st Class) Sheffield Hallam University
1995 – B.A. (Hons) Architecture, University of Nottingham