CV

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

Ben Nathan works across different media, from painting and photography to film and sculpture. His artistic practice reflects on the functionality of the city and its industry, documenting the evolution of urban change. Its scope draws attention to basic civil amenities, and the people who serve our society, in what could be considered as the ‘Real’ but ‘Invisible City’. His explorations into infrastructure act as a catalyst to question the changing nature of our cities environment and access to public or private space.

Nathan studied at The Slade School of Fine Art (2008), The Royal Drawing School (2009), and recently completed a seven-month residency in Berlin at ZK/U (Centre for Art and Urbanistics) (2017/18). 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-re-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). 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 work for ARTBAT FEST 9, Almaty, 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

2019 / #PinholeBeerCan @ Somers Town Festival, Chalton Gallery, London, UK

2019 / Le Grand Nabucho #5, Collectif Nabuchodonosor, Place Saint-Jacques, Béziers, France

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

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

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

2016 / Bothy, formerly located in The City of London, s.l.o.a.p. 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

2019 / Residency Avocado House (Το σπίτι του αβοκάντο), Athens, Greece

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 commission, 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