COOP is excited to present an installation by Boston-based artist Ben Sloat. The installation will consist of projected images taken while Ben was on a fellowship to Beijing. The images redefine the city by the colorful presence of police lights. At once expressing authority and constructing social behaviors, here the lights also create visual layers and distortions, all which refer to the complexity of contemporary Beijing. These projections hover in front of a wallpaper backdrop, reflecting the imagery presented to illustrate a traditional appearance of Chinese culture.
Ben Sloat teaches in the MFA in Visual Art and MFA in Photography programs at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Lectures include those at RISD, SCAD, UMass Boston, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Sun Yat Sen University, National Taipei University for the Arts, and the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at NLH Space in Copenhagen, Galerie Laroche/Joncas in Montreal, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, MMX in Berlin, 126 Gallery in Galway, Ireland, and ACC Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as group shows at the Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Queens Museum. He has written essays for Aperture Magazine and Exposure Magazine, and was a 2009 Faculty Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan.