Course author and curator / Australia
Ben Taranto's art is driven by his interests in our accelerated engineering and fabrication of the planet's environments. His sculpture and installation practice is embedded in environmental, political, and social activism. His practice is a conversation between art and the Earth sciences, balancing the physical with the transcendental, while asking the viewer to consider the human condition in relation to built, natural and virtual environments.
Based in Melbourne, Australia since 2010. Taranto co-curated a large art event at an empty residential property in Brunswick East in 2018. He exhibited with the Moreland Public Arts Festival (2015, 2017), The Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn (2016), Frankston Art Centre (2016), c3 Contemporary Artspace (2016), Counihan Gallery (2013 – 2017), Craft Victoria (2014), Seventh (2013) and BUS Projects (2011). He was shortlisted for a $750K major public sculpture commission in 2014 and had temporary public sculpture in the Docklands precinct in 2009 and 2010. In 2013, 2014 and 2016, Taranto exhibited moving image work in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. He has completed artist residencies in Majorca, Spain (2012), Suva, Fiji (2015), East Coburg, Vic (2016), Zanzibar, Africa (2017) and Xiamen, China (2018). Taranto graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Taranto graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.