Chewing Gum Man Guerrilla Tour @ Tate modern
Lying on the floor covered in smatterings of paint, it’s hard not to notice him. People are drawn to his vulnerability and his easy nature. Inspired by the stories of passers by, people he meets and his own experiences (some of which have been extremely difficult for him), Ben’s art is a patchwork of interlocking pieces of a much larger puzzle. His interest in how each experience connects to another is key to understanding the sometimes murky and mysterious meaning behind his work. Ben is often reluctant to give away his answers, encouraging people to draw their own conclusions of their place and effect upon the world. A multitude of themes run through his work, including connectivity, human nature, understanding, environment, defiance and imprisonment.