Ben Cuevas utilizes the medium of knitting to explore and challenge the gendered constructs and physical limitations of the craft. Check out this entire human skeleton he knit from yarn! Cuevas states that "From the political to the metaphysical, my practice is steeped in queer feminist ideologies, with an awareness of the mind, body, and spirit.
I discovered the work of Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist Ben Cuevas through his installation Jock Strap (a work in progress) (link NSFW), for which he sat nude in a men's locker room and knitted himself a jockstrap out of wool. Ben's fascinating work spans installation, sculpture, fiber, photography, video, performance, and sound.
The past few weeks have been so hot that knitting is probably the last thing on your mind. For me, knitting is a year-round process, not for garment construction, but for the creation of toys and stuffed animal amigurumi projects.
While celebrities and art world royalty browse for six figure art works at The Armory Show, down in Chelsea a far more down to earth fair, the 11-year-old Pulse New York, in a far more humble space, offers art to stimulate your mind and maybe enliven your living room.
Within five minutes of walking into Pulse, an Italian gallerist had asked me to pose for a selfie with her and then doused us both in black confetti. I think it's still stuck in my hair.
A nude performance artist will knit himself a jock strap Thursday night at Hôtel Gaythering in South Beach, part of "Queer Biennial I," one of several LGBT art exhibits in town for Miami Art Week. Artist Ben Cuevas will be among 35 LGBT artists featuring more than 100 pieces of art through Sunday at Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd.
Details for Queer Biennial I Opens During Art Basel Miami Beach.
Ben Cuevas discusses his work in his studio in the Luther Barn in Wassaic, NY.
In a community where the spotlight is more often on go go dancers, drag queens, DJs and party promoters, there also exists a creative community of queer artists. WEHOville has identified a few of them and will be publishing interviews with them over coming months.
For my generation of American gay men, the AIDS epidemic was a second Vietnam War. It reached us as a rumor and soon revealed itself as a killing field. Just as the war had divided the country, so did AIDS.