Ben Fash: Adaptations, October 15 – 29, 2011

October 15, 2011 by SHED

S.H.E.D. projects is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of San Francisco based artist Ben Fash with an installation of photographs entitled Adaptations.

Through this series of large color photographs, Fash plays with some of the integral dichotomies of the everyday, forming poignant connections between vast/intimate, inside/outside, occupied/ vacant, settled/ unsettled, convergent/ divergent, visceral/intellectual. His prints are paired together to evoke a looming sense of mystery as they explore the feedback loop in which people and their environments transform one another.

Adaptations brings together Fash’s work from his time living and shooting in Honduras, India, Europe, Connecticut, and California to collectively comment on the universal human quest for permanence and pleasure.  Casting off the conventional preciousness of wall-mounted photography, Fash galvanizes the outdoor exhibition space with large, unprotected prints suspended from the ceiling, becoming sheets in the wind, rain, and dust. The exhibition is a ceremony that embraces the ephemeral, mirroring the space’s evolving West Oakland environment.

Since studying art at San Francisco Art Institute and earning his BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2007, Fash has maintained a dedicated studio practice, collaborated with Bay Area artists on photo and video projects, and exhibited nationally.