Artist, Ben Giles speaks to Voight Kampff Magazine
Current City: Kingston - London
What are your preferred methods of production and what materials do you like to use? Materials that have been used before, found objects, forgotten things, Juxtaposing mediums and things, anything remotely childish.
What would you say are the main influences on your artwork. What inspires you as an artist? Colour, and I suppose reaching for a clarity in the piece and myself. Music has always motivated what I do more than art, the compositions of music and the way some artists deconstruct the typical structures of music, you could say as an artist this is what I try to do with my pieces, gathering all the components, the chorus, melody, bridge, intro etc etc from disparate sources and piecing it together like a composer.
Favourite music to design/work with? Don Caballero, Storm and Stress, Battles, Deerhoof, more recently Tenebre, Electric Electric, Dad Rocks, This Town Needs Guns, Everything Everything and Gallops.
Favourite Book: The Sound and the Fury, and Manhattan Transfer
Favourite Movie: Memento, Taxi Driver, The Proposition, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2001 Space Odyssey, Tree of Life, Oldboy, Lost in Translation.
Are you working on anything at the moment or do you have any future projects coming up that you would like people to know about? I’m working on a few exciting projects but it’s too early to say what they are at the moment, but some should start materialising just after christmas, and hopefully a couple of shows next year, other than that I’ve just been collecting different materials to continue my practice.
(crate sculpture is a collaboration between Ben Giles & Harry Fletcher)