Ben Long: Dirty Art

An on-going series by Ben Long, The Great Travelling Art Exhibition is not your typical scrawled words (very often adolescent obscenity) etched into the dirt built-up from exhaust emission. The elaborate drawings on the rear shutters of long-haul trucks are eye-opening.

The temporal quality of the project is also its draw, as he explained:

“Lasting a finite period, though sometimes as long as six months, it is precisely this impermanence and vulnerability that give the drawings their point of interest and contemporary relevance.”

It’s a genius stroke against something as mundane as a dirty truck, elevating it into a piece of traveling art. It turns the freight vehicle as a moving canvas beyond the confines of the traditional gallery space.

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