Ben Sexton
Touch
24 July – 31 August 2019
opening reception: 4-6pm, Saturday 27 July 2019

enquiries: info@dainesinger.com 

Ben Sexton works predominantly with photography, placing an emphasis on the postproduction values of the medium. Sexton utilises his photographic archive to alter images through experimental darkroom processes, such as masking and misregistration to form new compositions. His works are typically monochromatic, unique state, silver gelatin prints that combine collage, photography and drawing techniques to step outside the traditional conventions of photographic practice.

In Touch, Sexton has worked with photographs of the urban environment, in particular surfaces with traces of human contact, for example dusty cars with fingerprints, desks with people’s names carved into them, marks of wear and use on floors and walls. These images are then layered with another form of touch, in the artist’s use of darkroom masking, in which he covers areas of works to prevent them being developed, and subsequently hand-colours the works with oils. Sexton uses postproduction and darkroom techniques in painterly ways, overlaying his photographs with gestural mark-making reminiscent of calligraphic forms, drawing or graffiti. Touch is therefore a group of works built with multiple layers: the unintentional pattern of the built and decaying environment, the trace of human contact, and the artist’s overlaying of masking, gesture and colour.

Ben Sexton (né Lichtenstein) is an Indonesian-born, Melbourne-based artist. Recent exhibitions include Keen, c3 (2018), Bound For Glory, a collaboration with Oscar Perry, The Honeymoon Suite (2017), Living In Oblivion, Anna Pappas Gallery (2015), Flower, Fort Delta (2015), Crescent, Neospace (2014), I Know You Will Be Happy Here, Utopian Slumps (2013) and Death Adder, Chapter House Lane (2013). Group exhibitions include Illusions and Allusions, Missing Persons (2018), Group Show: Second Iteration, a collaborative exhibition with Arts Project Australia, Arts Project Australia (2016), The Bends, PhotoAccess (2016), The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg, Australian Centre for Photography (2015) and Mental, Muddguts Gallery New York (2014).

Sexton was a finalist for the 2013 Bowness Prize, and was recipient of the 2006 Kodak Salon Excellence in Photomedia award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.

Sexton has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Sexton_2019_From dawn to dusk in thoughtless health.jpg

From dawn to dusk in thoughtless health, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_To master myself.jpg

To master myself, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Wowsers, whingers, ratbags, narks.jpg

Wowsers, whingers, ratbags, narks, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_The wisdom of a bumper sticker.jpg

The wisdom of a bumper sticker, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Honk if you don't exist.jpg

Honk if you don’t exist,

2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Make a hero of a clod.jpg

Make a hero of a clod, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Touch.jpg

Touch, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_The sweetest stream on this terrestrial ball.jpg

The sweetest stream on this terrestrial ball, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_The score of grace.jpg

The score of grace, 2019

unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Life in a five-roomed house.jpg

Life in a five-roomed house, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Wipe out the bitterness.jpg

Wipe out the bitterness, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Shake a smooth hand or two.jpg

Shake a smooth hand or two, 2019

unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_The land of my adoption.jpg

The land of my adoption, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Your tired face.jpg

Your tired face, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Prowl for safe prey.jpg

Prowl for safe prey, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Emotions and superstitions.jpg

Emotions and superstitions, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_You can't be an eccentric millionaire playing football.jpg

You can’t be an eccentric millionaire

playing football, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Guide me to paradise.jpg

Guide me to paradise, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_A side, a tell.jpg

A side, a tell, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Guest listener.jpg

Guest listener, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)

Sexton_2019_Untitled 01.jpg

Untitled, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Dressed in borrowed robes.jpg

Dressed in borrowed robes, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_Untitled 02.jpg

Untitled, 2019

unique silver gelatin print
22.5 x 16cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
SOLD

Sexton_2019_The flood is at its height.jpg

The flood is at its height, 2019

oil on unique silver gelatin print
22 x 18cm, 50.8 x 40.6cm framed
$600 (framed)