As an artist, I aim to engage viewers in conversations about the commodity of objects and the normative ideas these so-called “normal” objects perpetuate. My goal, through my work, is to bend the boundaries of what is considered normal, to transport viewers to a place where perversion is depicted as epic and triumphant, and ultimately, to inspire compassion and dignity.
Whether it is through sculpture, installation or video, my work always engages the body and the material world of objects. My pieces are bold, irreverent and unapologetic, and they make use of commodity objects dating from the 1980s’ to current time. Books, furniture, garments and toys are only a few of the items I use to build my world. At first sight, these objects look quite common but to me, they all share an artificial quality; they perpetuate an idea of normality that never encapsulated who I am. Through the collection, assemblage, modification, repetition or performance of these everyday objects, my work explores themes such as consumption, compulsion, gender, sexuality and taste, and aims to question our assumptions about what it means to be “normal”.
Benjamin Larose was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. In 2016, he completed the Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon admission, Larose was the recipient of SAIC's highest recognition, the New Artist Society Scholarship. For two years, he studied under the direction of internationally renowned artist Nick Cave and upon the completion of his studies, he was awarded the distinguished RumChata Foundation Fellowship. He is currently a Lecturer in the Contemporary Practices department at SAIC.