Ben Nathan     b. London, UK / Living and working in UK

Ben Nathan works across different media, from painting and photography to film and sculpture. Explorations in the urban infrastructure act as a catalyst to question the changing nature of our cities environment. The works are also a way of documenting the evolution of urban change. Nathan studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, The Royal Drawing School, and recently completed a seven-month residency in Berlin at ZK/U (Centre for Art and Urbanistics). During this time, he was awarded a grant on the Artist Dis-Placement programme, working on a scrap metal ship and at TSR metal recycling. This was funded by Artecitya project, and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, EU. Recent solo shows include Nouveau Quartier, Collectif Nabuchodonosor, Barnabu, Béziers, France (2018), [K-reɪ-t] and Structure, 43 Inverness Street (2015/13). Group shows include OPENHAUS Vorspiel, transmediale & CTM and Modular Relations, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany (2017), Pyeong Chang Biennale, South Korea (2015), East London Painting Prize (2014). He also has made a series of site-specific installations in public spaces in London and abroad. Awards and residencies include LCN programme at SPACE (2017), SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art (2014), Educational Scholarship, AJA (2013) and IJAYA, The Ben Uri Gallery (2012). In 2015 he was commissioned to produce a large-scale mural for Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd, Crouch End.

In 2017 Ben Nathan & Matthew Robinson established Baden Projekt. The work researches the ritual of open water swimming within urban spaces. The artists explore the extreme elements of nature and document the experience and health benefits associated with this ritual. In 2018, Baden Projekt developed a site-specific artwork in Kazakhstan responding to climate change and the depletion of glaciers. Their work explores the changing state of water, to provide alternative perspectives on nature and the city. One of the primary concerns of Robinson and Nathan’s work is to try to bridge the gap between film documentary and film installation, providing a means to immerse the audience within a constructed environment which provides a sensory experience. The work promotes the significance and the impact that water has on health and wellbeing.

 

Solo exhibitions

 

2018 / Nouveau Quartier, Collectif Nabuchodonosor, Barnabu, Béziers, France

2015 / [K-rei-t]43 Inverness Street, London, UK

2013 / Structure, 43 Inverness Street, London, UK

2012 / Vision, Hosted at the offices of Rosenblatt Solicitors, London, UK

 

Selected group exhibitions

2018 / ARTBAT FEST 9, Ben Nathan and Matthew Robinson, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2018 / Le Grand Nabucho #4, Collectif Nabuchodonosor, Place Saint-Jacques, Béziers

2018 / Vorspiel, transmediale & CTM, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

2017 / Modular Relations, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

2017 / OPENHAUS, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

2017 / BERLIN ART WEEK, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

2017 / London Creative Network, [ s p a c e ], London, UK

2015 / Pyeong Chang Biennale, Gangwon Province, South Korea

2014 / NANJI TANKS, SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2014 / East London Painting Prize, Bow Arts, London, UK

2010 / Our Shop, Collaborative community project with Antony Ward, Camden Council, London, UK

2009 / Underground City, Divus Unit 30, London, UK

2008 / MC Motors, MC Motors, London, UK

 

Education

 

2013 – 2014 / Institute of Education, University of London. PGCE Art and Design Education.

2008 – 2009 / The Prince’s Drawing School, London, Postgraduate Diploma

2004 – 2008 / The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, BA Fine Art

2006 – 2007 / Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Exchange studies

2003 – 2004 / Middlesex University, London. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

 

Awards, residencies and commissions

 

2018 / Residency Collectif Nabuchodonosor, Barnabu, Béziers, France

2018 / Artist Dis-Placement programme, ZK/U and Artecitya project, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, EU

2017 / ZK/U Residency, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, Germany

2017 / London Creative Network, [ s p a c e ], London, UK

2015 / Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd commision, Crouch End Picturehouse, London, UK

2014 / SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2013 / AJA Educational scholarship, AJA, UK

2012 / IJAYA, The Ben Uri Gallery, UK

2010 / Creative Grant for Our Shop, Camden Council, UK

2009 / Winsor and Newton prizeThe Prince’s Drawing School, UK

2008 / The Prince’s Drawing School, Scholarship for year of study

 

Collected

 

HRH The Prince of Wales

Rosenblatt Solicitors

Various private collections in UK, USA and South Korea