>the metasensual object<

Using a formal language of children’s fable, personal myth, 70’s porn and low-budget sci-fi film, I address the idiosyncratic mechanisms of cognition and the anxiety of an existential hypochondriac.

My work describes the dilemma of communication and the dichotomy of intimacy; the profound satisfaction of being seen and the acute discomfort of exposure.

I’m compelled to destabilize nostalgia, twisting sentimentality and romanticisation. Utilizing theatricality and the uncanny I explore the disorder of an assumed reality, further exacerbating the alienation from one’s self and surroundings.

I’m interested in cartooning the fundamental. To create shadows, imposters, preposterous symbols of cherished and repulsive drives. To examine and provoke the profound shared sublime through clumsy artifice and campy artificiality.

Shimmering in the precarious state between the familiar and the foreign, attractive and unnerving, I make alluring objects with ulterior motives; deceptively poppy and fizzy with an underlying dread and perverse self-awareness.

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The boundaries fade, become disconcertingly permeable. Potentially contradictory and dissonant elements are treated on equal footing; an awkward union, a strangely harmonic contribution to a blind grope.

A buried memory, a dissolving dream, framed by culturally determined and commodified myths, whose artifacts are left embedded in the fiber. Boil it down, distill it to the point of fracture, nonsense, then allow it to grow back, bent and strange, with awareness along the fault lines. A fresh batch of extraneous particularities clinging to the roots.

                       

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Ben Galaday is a mixed-media artist currently working in Tampa, FL. He holds a BFA in Ceramics from Oregon College of Art and Craft and an MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. He has received numerous awards including 1st place Graduate Award for Excellence in the National Student Juried Exhibition at NCECA, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Award, Best in Show James Rosenquist Award, and a full Graduate Fellowship at USF. Galaday has exhibited widely in venues including The Contemporary Art Museum (FL), NCECA (PA), The Ringling Museum (FL), Jonald Dudd (NY), Satellite Art Fair Miami (FL), Tempus Projects (FL), Oregon College of Art and Craft (OR), and Froelick Gallery (OR).