Ben Quesnel deconstructs and distorts familiar objects often gathered from tag sales, neighborhood auctions, and community recycling centers. His decontextualized forms challenge viewers to apprehend the meanings that have been attached to these objects and to evaluate them with a new understanding. Through his acts of deconstructing, he exposes the inner attachments that one develops with the objects, as they are simultaneously detached from their primary function. Swaying between a definable object and an unreachable thing, Quesnel’s pieces hover between the nameable and unnameable, inviting the viewer to acknowledge that the things with which we surround ourselves will never fully be comprehended.
Quesnel is a multimedia artist and art curator working in Stamford, Connecticut. His latest works were exhibited at Satellite Art Fair in Miami, Governors Island Art Fair in New York, and the Hollows in Brooklyn. In 2018, he was unanimously selected for a one year residency program with the Clementina Arts Foundation for his social practice project, Undelivered. In 2019, the CAF granted him a seat on the board. He has performed public and private installations throughout the tri-state area, and is the co-founder of Sour Milk, a curatorial art project utilizing the latent potential of vacant spaces. Quesnel is a graduate of the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC where he received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for outstanding art practice and the School of Visual Art’s Thesis Grant. His work has been in a variety of publications including Bmore Art, Gothamist, Hampton’s Art Hub, Hyperallergic, and the New York Times.
Quesnel's solo exhibition, TABULA RASA, is on view now!
The Greenwich Arts Council in collaboration with Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery Presents:
TABULA RASA | The Art of Ben Quesnel
November 4, 2020 through January 31, 2021
299 Greenwich Avenue | Second Floor
VISITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact Greenwich Arts Council: 203.862.6750 / firstname.lastname@example.org
3D VIRTUAL TOUR: https://www.greenwichartscouncil.org/current-exhibit-1
VIRTUAL VIEWING ROOM: https://alvarezgallery.com/viewing-rooms/tabula-rasa-the-art-of-ben-quesnel/