After earning his masters of fine art from San Francisco Art Institute, Ben Venom and his artwork have slithered across the world and been showcased in New York, Germany, England, and more. In May, he was featured in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, and this week, he comes to San Jose!

“In one word my work can be described as a collision,” Venom said. “I combine various machismo, loud, and disparate elements of culture with a relatively soft functional medium…textiles.”

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ new exhibition by Venom, titled Found/Made, will be open July 11 to November 1, 2015.

Venom described his collection by adding, “The viewer is assaulted with imagery of soaring eagles, charging tigers, whips and chains. All bets are off wherever you may roam.”

The exhibit aims to compare and contrast art that is found and art that is made.

“The quilts that grab our attention and question traditional quiltmaking make up Found,” according to the Museum. The Museum describes Made as an artist’s “connection between art and quilts using physical sections, concepts and techniques of found quilts.”

Ben’s creative process starts by taking notes and sketching. Then, he designs in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Finally, he cuts all the pieces and sews them together. Most pieces take about three weeks to complete.

“Textiles has allowed me to combine my varied interests into an art form that fuses fashion, art, and most importantly function together in one piece,” Venom said.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 971-0323

Wed-Fri: 12pm-5pm
Sat, Sun: 11am-5pm (closed 2pm-2:30pm)

Admission is $8.00 for general, $6.50 for students and seniors, and free for members and children under age 12.

Written by Justin San Diego

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