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ben browton: biography

1958
Born Isle Of Wight
1985
Graduated from Goldsmiths’ College, London (BA Hons Fine Art)

solo exhibitions

2007
IDENTITY PARADE, Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings
2004
CAMERANTICS, Indo Bar, Whitechapel, London (as part of Alternative Arts East End Photo Month)
1993
Installation of PARATYPES at Hales Gallery, Deptford, London
1992
FUNDAMENT/FIRMAMENT, Soho, London (for Alternative Arts)
1991
RetroSpecTive, Carpenters Road Open Studios, Stratford, London

group exhibitions

2001
PASSION, Gasworks Gallery, London
1995
TRAVELLING LIGHT, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland (supported by British Council)
1990
Contemporary Arts Society Market, London
1989
ANGELS ON THE FLYPAPER, Diorama Gallery, London
1988
FRAGMENTS OF FALSE HOUSES, Pomery Purdy Gallery, London
HOMAGE TO THE SQUARE, Flaxman Gallery, London
Riverside Open Exhibition, Hammersmith, London
1987
THE SHELF SHOW, Kettles’ Yard, Cambridge
Kuntlerhaus Klenzestrasse, Munich, Germany (supported by British Council)
‘X’ SHOW, Barbican Arts Centre, London.

other related activities

2007
Co-ran +PLUSH+ cultural showroom in Norman Road, St. Leonards.
Art Director/Prop Maker on THE AIR CATCHERS (including the purpose-built FRESH AIR DETECTOR), a short film by Plush Productions. Currently working as same on WITCH:CANDY short film for Plush Productions.
2001-1998
Performances as Ben the Wendy at various venues including Gay Pride, 12 Bar, London and for Apples & Snakes and Don’t Feed The Poets.
1998-2000
Sister Bendy in Eurotrash for Rapido TV. Slots with Antoine De Caunes and various nutty European artists.
1996-1997
diVaDELiCa performance duo with Luis Hatred Dayton at various London venues and for Battenburg and Nux Vomica.
1983-1984
Guitar/clarinet/improviser for The Kreutzer Quintet music group at Goldsmiths and also public performances with Stephen Taylor-Woodrow/the Tryptich Man at Coracle Press, Air Gallery etc
1977-1980
Singer/songwriter with The Shapes punk band. Gigs around UK and supporting The Cure, The Fall, The Saints and The Killjoys. Also recorded session for John Peel/Radio One.

publications

The Shapes
PART OF THE FURNITURE e.p. on SOFA RECORDS (1979)
AIRLINE DISASTER/BLAST OFF! 7" on Good Vibrations Records (1980)
SONGS FOR SENSIBLE PEOPLE cd album on Overground Records (1998)
BATMAN IN THE LAUNDERETTE included on MESSTHETICS #103 compilation on Hyped2Death Records, USA (2007).
Included in ROUGH GUIDE TO ROCK (published by Rough Guides 2003)

Other items

Included in THE CUSTOMISED BODY by Housk Randall and Ted Polhemus (Serpents Tail 1997)
TRAVELLING LIGHT catalogue (to coincide with 1995 exhibition)
Issue No. 5 of i-D magazine featuring the AQUAVISION.
BEN BROWTON currently lives and works in Hastings, East Sussex