Author Ben Sloat

Ben Sloat is a Boston-based photographer, critic, and curator. He is a founding contributor of Big RED & Shiny.

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Interview with Matthew Ritchie

Ben Sloat My first question is about artistic research. I teach here in Boston in a couple of graduate programs and I’m always interested in sharing the rubrics of research…

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Interview with João Ribas

The MIT List Visual Arts Center has recently concluded the excellent exhibition, In the Holocene, which proposes fascinating parallels and conditions regarding artistic and scientific speculation. Using the rubric of…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY

AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY By Ben Sloat William Christenberry is a multi-media artist whose themes relate to his Southern upbringing. Born in 1936 and raised in Hale County, Alabama, this…

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A CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY CREWDSON

A CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY CREWDSON By Ben Sloat Gregory Crewdson is a photographer known best for his high production photographic projects, Hover, Twilight, and Beneath the Roses, open ended narratives that…

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OLAFUR ELIASSON: WATERFALLS

OLAFUR ELIASSON: WATERFALLS By Ben Sloat I rode over the Manhattan Bridge today with a group of out of towners. As we looked eagerly into New York Harbor for the Eliasson…

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A CONVERSATION WITH LARRY SULTAN

By BEN SLOAT Larry Sultan has pushed the boundaries of photographic practice since the publication of Evidence in 1977, a collaboration with Boston based photographer Mike Mandel, of found institutional…

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A CONVERSATION WITH ALBERT WATSON

By BEN SLOAT One of the world’s most prominent commercial photographers, Albert Watson’s images run the gamut from fashion to editorial work and self produced photographic projects. On occasion of…

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TSENG KWONG CHI @ BERNARD TOALE GALLERY

By BEN SLOAT At the Bernard Toale Gallery in the South End is a fascinating exhibition of photographic images, Ambiguous Ambassador, by the deceased photographer Tseng Kowng Chi. Each image…

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EDWARD HOPPER @ MFA

By BEN SLOAT I’ve debated the merits of Edward Hopper over a number of years. Always I’ve thought of him as a Willy Loman figure, an unobtrusive traveler of New…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDRES SERRANO

By BEN SLOAT Andres Serrano is an artist who came to national acclaim in the early 1990s with his controversial photographs appropriating religious imagery. At the time he was famously…

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BRIAN BURKHARDT @ JUDI ROTENBERG

By BEN SLOAT The famed Russian born novelist (and noted lepidopterist) Vladimir Nabokov once wrote to his mother of the creative process: “We are translators of God’s creation, his little…

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AN UNCOMMON INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN SHORE

By BEN SLOAT Stephen Shore is a prominent photographer and photographic educator. A pioneer in the field of color photography, Shore has published numerous books of photography, included his seminal…

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ROGER BALLEN @ ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY

By BEN SLOAT In the tradition of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Roger Ballen uses the square format black and white photograph to display the provocative trappings of human theater in heightened…

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AMERICAN BEACH @ SMFA

By BEN SLOAT Print this article Having been born and raised in New York’s Lower East Side, it is not without a certain affection that I came across the collaborative…

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