Ben Venom: Piece of MindGuerrero Gallery
2700 19th St, San Francisco, CA
In 2008, artist Ben Venom saw an exhibit of quilts by the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, at the de Young Museum. Inspired, his thoughts turned to the dozens of heavy metal t-shirts that he had in his closet — and thus began Ben Venom's foray into the art form that has since become his signature: the heavy metal quilt. Venom spends quite a bit of time at the sewing machine these days (he's self-taught, save for a few phone calls to his mother and a few beginner's guides to quilting), but he also actively exhibits and has taught quilting classes at YBCA and Workshop. This month at Guerrero Gallery, Venom exhibits a new collection of quilts alongside Lucien Shapiro's handcrafted masks and vessels.
Bonnie Chan, Editor