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Ben Sloat His Eyes Were Like Mine. May 11 - June 11, 2011

Laroche/Joncas is thrilled to present the exhibition by Ben Sloat "His Eyes Were Like Mine." This is the artists first solo exhibition in Canada.

Using a diversity of mediums, the works exhibited in 'His Eyes Were like Mine' include sculptures, digital photographs, paintings on canvas and velvet, drawings and collages made with original album covers of the pop star and a video animation of the 'Moonwalk' dance steps.
In the exhibition thrones a Bourguereau-like painting based on one in Michael Jacksons recording studio. Described by the Boston Globe as an archetype that encompasses victim, martyr, king, and boy. Where the cherubs touch his skin, he becomes whiter.

Michael Jackson once described by the artist Keith Haring as a person "who has denied the finality of God's creation, neither male or female, black or white", Michael Jackson embodies a true contemporary iconography. Rising to a level of global celebrity in the 1980s that has never been seen before or since, he is a figure all people seem to have an opinion about. In a sense, his imagery can be considered to be a kind of mirror for the visual language and personal imagination of a society itself. This exhibition, "His Eyes Were Like Mine," presents a series of works revealing the various dimensions of his imagery, while inviting the viewer to relate to their own relationship and associations with this cultural figure.

Ben Sloat received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley (99) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University (05). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, MMX in Berlin, 126 Gallery in Galway, Ireland, and ACC Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, - group shows include NEXT Chicago, Galerie Laroche/Joncas Booth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and BRIC in Brooklyn. His work has been reviewed in CIRCA Ireland, Taipei Times, New York Times, Oakland Tribune, and the Boston Globe, and he has guest lectured at National Taiwan University of the Arts, National Sun Yat Sen University, UC Berkeley, RISD, UC Santa Cruz, UMass Boston, Boston University, and SCAD. Having taught at Tufts University, Mass Art, and the SMFA, he currently teaches photography, digital media, and photo history at the Art Institute of Boston.
 
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