Inventory # HO20821-E20212-001


Wispy Nispers
acrylic and faux eyelashes on acid-free foamcore
on verso titled and dated 2015 on a gallery label
22 3/4 x 17 in 57.8 x 43.2 cm

Collection of the Artist

Ben Skinner is an artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Selected solo exhibitions include Show Me A Little Poise Without All The Noise at Winsor Art Projects in Vancouver (2018); Cymatic Semantics at Herringer-Kiss Gallery in Calgary (2018); I Don’t Know How This Will Sound But Here It Goes at Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto (2018); Selected Works By Ben Skinner at Paradigm Talent, organized by UpRise Art in New York, NY (2018); I Will Not Be Entranced By Nostalgia at K. Imperial Fine Art San Francisco (2016); Ben Skinner at Modus Art Gallery in Paris, France (2015), and many more. Selected group exhibitions include Small Scale Right Hemisphere: Part Two at Gallery Jones (2021); Flatbed Pictures and Artistic Pairings at Herringer-Kiss in Calgary (both 2020); Summer Group Exhibitions at Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto and Paper Route (both 2018), and many more. Ben Skinner has worked at Aritzia as their Art Director of Visual Display since 2006. He holds an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2003), and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2000). In 2017, Skinner created a projection mapped project for Façade Festival with BAF at Vancouver Art Gallery involving large-form text and slowly changing colour gradients.

Skinner’s practice explores the nature of language through the use of text and materiality. Calling on a vast knowledge of materials and methods, Skinner applies his hand to concepts that are by turn ironic, witty, introspective, and questioning. The term “wispy nispers” was a phrase coined by one of Skinner’s friends. It refers to the very thin and long hair-like offcuts and waste that are something created when cutting various materials for production. Skinner wanted to use false eyelashes to spell out a phrase, and he thought this weird phrase fit well. Wispy Nispers is a unique work.

Please note: the dimensions are the framed dimensions.

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Price: $2,125

Available for viewing at: Heffel Vancouver

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