Ben is excited to be sharing his latest series of 1970's reggae inspired portraits on his collection of vintage luggage at Art Whino Galleryin Alexandria, Virginia opening November 22nd! Having grown up surrounded by a family of musicians, his artwork has always been inspired by music in one way or another. Ben started collecting reggae music over ten years ago and is inspired not only by the music of Jamaica, but also by the using and reusing of everyday objects out of necessity. This is most evident in Ben's larger paintings that are assembled from a variety of discarded objects. He uses almost all found materials to create his artwork, whether it is scrap wood found on the curb, or vintage objects found in thrift stores. The use of luggage is also symbolic in that Jamaican Reggae came from such a small island and traveled so far, having an enormous impact on the rest of the world!
Ben is also very honored to have Jeremy Sole of Musaics in Los Angeles traveling to the east coast to open the show. Chicago-born Jeremy Sole has been a deejay and record collector for over 15 years. As a teenager, his education was throwing underground loft parties at the birth of Hip Hop and House music. He matured as a turntablist in Jazz, Dub and experimental hybrid bands. The rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, and Funk were all a part of his upbringing, and as a true music lover Jermey has always found a way to blend them all together. "If I'm playing a Dub tune, it has a similar rhythm to Cumbia so it forms a bridge from Jamaica to Columbia. Then maybe mix into a salsa track, followed by a salsa remix with a dancehall pattern that translates into certain Afrobeat rhythms. It's about finding similarities and using songs to connect cultures and build momentum." For more information about Jeremy please visit www.myspace.com/musaics.