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About this exhibition
Ben Wilson - The Chewing Gum Man
2 May 2011 - 8 May 2011

For the past 6 years Ben Wilson has been using discarded chewing gum on the streets of London as a canvas for his miniature works of art. Now for the first time, and for one week only from the 2nd - 8th May 2011, we are holding an exhibition to celebrate Ben’s resounding dedication to his art.

The show will take place at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, 37 Duke Street St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DF from 10.30am - 4.30pm. There will be a unique opportunity to see and purchase Ben’s rare canvases relating to his chewing gum art. Prices range from £400-550.

As well as the traditional exhibition setting, during the show art lovers can also experience Ben’s chewing gum art on the streets and discover how it can make us look at our environment in a different way. Follow the gum trail and see Ben's gum pics near the exhibition which will be regularly updated as new pics are found.

In addition to his chewing gum work, Ben is now exploring other types of litter - sweet wrappers, discarded cans, bottle tops and cigarette ends. Some of these works will be on display in the gallery and Ben will also be leaving several miniature paintings on foil in public spaces for sharp-eyed passers-by to find. Images of these works will be on the website from the start of the exhibition. Alternatively gallery visitors are invited to bring their own rubbish on Saturday 7th May 12-4pm for Ben to transform.

Lastly Ben’s photography, which documents his work and the people he meets on the streets, will be displayed at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery. These images form a historical context that shows the human involvement and social element that informs much of Ben’s work.  

Whether stumbled-upon in public spaces or seen in the gallery, Ben’s work connects with the environment and in a subtle way helps us to think about and reclaim our surroundings.

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