Ben Tolman lives and works in Washington DC. He recieved his MFA in 2012 from American Universiy and his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally including being an exhibited finalist in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
As artist states in his SITE: I was raised in a conservative Mormon family. The meaning of life
came in a neat packaged box but fell apart with the slightest bit of
scrutiny. Long ago as a child, I abandoned any existing cultural mythology
as an explanation for life and have been exploring this mystery, and
creating my own mythology through art, ever since. Without any
prepackaged creation stories, I have the freedom to just reflect on the
mystery, beauty and horror of it all without any prejudice. The more I learn,
the stranger everything becomes. But this grandeur of possible thoughts
and experiences has to still be tempered with the same mundane tasks
and struggles of the daily slog through life that has always been with
Αλλά πάντα από την αποστα- σιοποιημένη ματιά της τέχνης
Εργα τέχνης που απεικονίζουν σκοτεινές πλευρές της ιστορίας και του ανθρώπινου ψυχισμού, όπως ωμή βία, ρατσισμό, κακοποίηση και σφαγές άλλων -ΔΕΝ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΛΟΓΟΚΡΙΝΟΝΤΑΙ!! Πρέπει να αντιμετωπίζουμε πρόσωπο με πρόσωπο την ωμότητα και να πασχίζουμε να την κατανοήσουμε με κριτικό και αποστασιοποιημένο τρόπο, αν θέλουμε να φτιάξουμε έναν καλύτερο κόσμο.
Graphics that depict dark aspects of history—such as violence, intolerance, racism, aggressive nationalism, war and atrocity, abuse of others and of the environment in general—have not been censored. We must confront such harsh images directly—and struggle to critically understand them—if we hope to ever make a better world. ocw.mit.edu