COW PARADE PERTH 2016
Beauty X Ethics
Commissioner: Perth Public Art Foundation For The City Of Perth
Telethon Beneficiary/Permanent Home: Coming soon
Traditionally used to highlight façade signage, the artist draws inspiration from playing on comic elements inherent in the bawdy and taboo, establishing neon as a satirical and ironic art form.
Ben is intrigued by the idea of modern advances in farming and agriculture and the impact they have on the natural world. With an un-biased view, Ben is interested in exploring the relationship between beauty and ethics, and how audiences respond to potentially concerning issues highlighted by the beauty of neon light.
With a background in graphic and textile design, Ben's practice has evolved into large-scale illuminated works and installations. Consisting of timber, steel and reclaimed industrial materials, Ben's most iconic works include illuminated installations for Camp Doogs, Bayswater Bowls Club, Fringe World Festival and Rooftop Movies.
Ben seeks to keep the art and craft of glass bending alive; most recently joining mentor and local legend, George Aitken of Write Light Neon – Western Australia's last remaining neon studio.
Ben's work reflects a harmonious mix of old world craftsmanship, contemporary satire and public commentary. In the future Ben plans to bring real-world issues into the public spotlight through the intoxicating luminescence of neon.
IMAGE: Benjamin Koontolas, Beauty X Ethics, 2016. CowParade PERTH. Photographer: Christophe Canato. Image courtesy of City of Perth, Perth Public Art Foundation and Artsource.