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Ben Yates

Electri-City Mountain (24).jpg

2015

Electri-City #21 (3).jpg

2015

Electri-City #10 Table.jpg

2015

Screwtopia! (14).jpg

2015

1 Deck of Cards.JPG

2015

4 Cubist Rube.JPG

2015

7 Rays.jpg

2015

10 Geek Jewellery.JPG

2015

Photo-Cubism.jpg

2015

Peeling Paint #5.jpg

2015

Taking on 'the Style' 3.JPG

2015

Disintegration of Sunflower.jpg

2015

Natural World #1.jpg

2015

21 Electri-City #6 detail2.JPG

2015

Ben Yates

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Ben Yates

The artwork that I make takes influences from geometry, counter-culture, science (both fact and fiction), and all things Japanese. In 2005 I made my first ‘Photo-Cubism’ work - a style that combines photography with sculpture. I shoot subjects digitally and then apply the prints onto a structure of blocks to accentuate the form of the subject or subjects. The resulting piece appears to change or develop as the observer moves around or toward it, and the eye is drawn around the construction in a fresh exploration of the subject matter. All the blocks are cut, finished and arranged by hand, the images all cropped and sized manually, and arranged by eye.
In addition to the Photo-Cubism, I build sprawling cityscapes made of recycled computer circuitry, lit with LEDs, populated with tiny model railway people and all encased inside acrylic and glass coffee tables. These ‘Electri-Cities’ conjure a highly detailed glimpse into a colourful yet somewhat dystopian future, which doubles as a practical piece of modern furniture. What makes them particularly intriguing are the tiny people – they bring a host of never-ending urban stories as you follow them on their daily business and shopping trips, back-alley deals and leisure activities.
I am always innovating and trying to find new ways of displaying photography or combining art forms. Other projects include a photographic deck of playing cards, large recycled outdoor sculptures, a hands-on Photo-Cubist puzzle, hanging spherical Electri-Cities, 3D glowing maps, EL-Wire sculpture, jewellery made from recycled electronics, and abstract light painting photography.
My work is modern and intricate, yet accessible and fun