Company Of Thieves – Denial x Ben Frost w/ Special Guest DJ Qbert


1xRUN & Inner State Gallery Present “Company of Thieves” With Denial and Ben Frost
Opening Reception October 18th with Special Guest DJ Qbert

 Canadian artist Denial and Australian born Ben Frost have joined forces in a bold exhibition of new work that explores the boundaries of appropriation, in confronting re-imaginings of our current dystopian society. Self-confessed ‘visual thieves’, both artists have had a long history of  stealing and subverting the cultural icons that the advertising and consumerist world has thrust upon us, to create new and pertinent interpretations that are as confronting as they are humorous.

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Denial and Frost formed an instant friendship since their meeting in Canada in 2011 and have been creating engaging street and gallery work ever since. ‘Company of Thieves’ sees their collaboration push further, with large and small-scale works that reference Pop Art, Graffiti and the corporate world they rebel against.


Daniel Bombardier a.k.a DENIAL is a Canadian stencil and mural artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition. Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year traveling and exhibiting throughout Canada and the US, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.In 2000 Daniel adopted the moniker ‘DENIAL’ as a means of poking fun at advertising, politics and media messages that contemporary society is often ‘in  denial’ about.  Since then he has maintained an ongoing global street-campaign of over 500,000 stickers, placards and murals, using the alpha-numeric characters ‘D3N!@L’.  Intended as a conceptual means of marketing absurdism, DENIAL also challenges traditional notions of graffiti and public art through his bold and often satirical visual subversions.


Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing.  By subverting mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, confronting and often controversial. He has been exhibiting throughout Australia and internationally over the last 12 years, including solo shows in London, New York, Toronto, Singapore and San Francisco, as well as group shows in Beijing, Mongolia, Amsterdam and Berlin.


Opening  artist welcoming reception will begin at 7pm and will end at 10pm. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from October 18th – November 15th 2013.


About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit’s premier art gallery for both established and emerging artists, both locally and internationally. Located in Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist live/work space, as well as a retail boutique for the gallery’s online counterpart 1xRUN.

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