In the Owl Bears Cave Opens at Gallery 1855
An exhibition of nine new prints by Ben Duax with soundtracks by Leon Hu and James Ketchum is on display at Gallery 1855. In the Owl Bears Cave is a suite of images and sounds reflecting the blue-domed anti-twilight of the central valley. Abandoned station wagons, feral peacocks, sunflowers and poppies illustrate an accompanying soundtrack, presented on QRC codes.
Davis Native Benjamin Duax has painting degrees from Hunter College in New York and the Glasgow School of Art. His recent work concentrates on lived digital experience, capturing rapid streams of information through painting and printmaking, as well as computer-based methodologies. Last summer when art galleries and museums were closed he arranged an online exhibit of international artists, including several Canadians, hosted at www.lite-of-worlds.ca.
Recent work, including the work on display at Gallery 1855, involves collaboration with fellow Davis native, James Ketchum and Leon Hu, also known as Mondo Lava. Since 2017 he has been on the committee of the Butterbiggens Prize, a bursary for Alumni of Scottish Art Schools.
Gallery 1855 is located inside the historic Davis Cemetery, which serves the towns of Davis, West Sacramento, and Clarksburg California.
In the Owl Bears Cave is open from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday until October 29th. In order to fully engage with the work, it is suggested that you bring headphones for your phone.
Davis Cemetery District & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA, 95618. For more information, visit http://daviscemetery.org/gallery-1855/
For information about additional work or exhibitions by the artist, please see www.benduax.com