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Ben Cuevas and Queer Threads on KCET

This past June, 2017, I had the honor of speaking on a panel at the Craft and Folk Art Museum about my work in the Queer Threads book and exhibition. Along with fellow Queer threads artists Diedrick Brackens, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Maria

Ben Cuevas and Queer Threads on KCET

This past June, 2017, I had the honor of speaking on a panel at the Craft and Folk Art Museum about my work in the Queer Threads book and exhibition. Along with fellow Queer threads artists Diedrick Brackens, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Maria

Knit Veins: Fiber of Our Being

If our bodies are knitted together like cloth, either by some higher power or eons of evolution, then veins are like a kind of yarn, a fibrous network of connective channels that allows us to be. Veins are part and parcel of the fiber of our being. I wanted to call attention to the idea of some sort of meta-body: one that speaks to “the nature of matter, or body considered in general, [and] consists not in its being something which is hard or heavy or coloured…but simply in its being something which is extended in length, breadth and depth,” as Rene Descartes puts it [emphasis added]. The knit veins, installed in this way, speak to the idea of a body transcending the individual, extending beyond our own identities, corporealities, ourselves.

Knit Veins: Fiber of Our Being

If our bodies are knitted together like cloth, either by some higher power or eons of evolution, then veins are like a kind of yarn, a fibrous network of connective channels that allows us to be. Veins are part and parcel of the fiber of our being. I wanted to call attention to the idea of some sort of meta-body: one that speaks to “the nature of matter, or body considered in general, [and] consists not in its being something which is hard or heavy or coloured…but simply in its being something which is extended in length, breadth and depth,” as Rene Descartes puts it [emphasis added]. The knit veins, installed in this way, speak to the idea of a body transcending the individual, extending beyond our own identities, corporealities, ourselves.

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine can be seen as a visual model of how gender expression and identity function in relation to one another. Notions of an ideal male, wholly masculine, or of an ideal female, wholly feminine, are as unrealistic as the mannequins used for this piece. These ideals function as both poles and placeholders, useful and problematic. The knit patchwork unites these forms and places a more nuanced and holistic model of gender onto the rigid binary.

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine

Duality #1: Masculine/Feminine can be seen as a visual model of how gender expression and identity function in relation to one another. Notions of an ideal male, wholly masculine, or of an ideal female, wholly feminine, are as unrealistic as the mannequins used for this piece. These ideals function as both poles and placeholders, useful and problematic. The knit patchwork unites these forms and places a more nuanced and holistic model of gender onto the rigid binary.

New Video Collaboration with Jennifer Sindon

My “Muscular” piece from The Anatomical Knit Hood Series makes a cameo in Jennifer Sindon’s latest video work! So happy to have been part of her collaborative process. Check out the video below:

New Video Collaboration with Jennifer Sindon

My “Muscular” piece from The Anatomical Knit Hood Series makes a cameo in Jennifer Sindon’s latest video work! So happy to have been part of her collaborative process. Check out the video below:

Interweave Knits…Pick up your copy today!

For all you knit-lovers out there, Interweave Knits magazine has published a lovely little article about me and the Knit Skeleton piece, Transcending the Material. The Summer 2011 issue is available now. Pick up your copy at a newsstand or

Interweave Knits…Pick up your copy today!

For all you knit-lovers out there, Interweave Knits magazine has published a lovely little article about me and the Knit Skeleton piece, Transcending the Material. The Summer 2011 issue is available now. Pick up your copy at a newsstand or

LA and NYC shows this week

Los Angeles I’m going to have a photograph on exhibit during the show, Tompkins Projects West: Works on paper. The opening is at Dan Graham gallery in Chinatown, this Thursday January 20, 6-10pm. Click here for complete details.   New

LA and NYC shows this week

Los Angeles I’m going to have a photograph on exhibit during the show, Tompkins Projects West: Works on paper. The opening is at Dan Graham gallery in Chinatown, this Thursday January 20, 6-10pm. Click here for complete details.   New

Mark your calendar…

My work will be on the upper level. On the main level of the gallery, Francesca Caruso will be exhibiting her thesis show, “Mantid Prayer”.

Mark your calendar…

My work will be on the upper level. On the main level of the gallery, Francesca Caruso will be exhibiting her thesis show, “Mantid Prayer”.