Press Release - "Back In Our Minds" a solo exhibition by Ben Quinn


Back In Our Minds
Ben Quinn

Opening Reception: Saturday October 12th, 12-10pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 12th at 4pm.
Showing Through: Friday, November 1st, 2019

1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

pt.2 is happy to present “Back In Our Minds” a solo exhibition by Ben Quinn opening Saturday, October 12th in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings, sculptures, and installation by Los Angeles based artist. pt.2 gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th St Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact

the ringing in your ear
a cosmic chuckle
persistent whispers of unknown origin 
downloading during sleep becomes buried by noise
disappearing in daylight 
going far out and coming back 
smiling at a flower
confused lovers
live mutations
believing a cloaked existence
and what can you do
sharing the earth
for better or worse

Back in Our Minds, a solo presentation by Ben Quinn, utilizes a multimedia approach to elaborate upon an ongoing psych driven narrative. Relationships between painting, sculpture, installation and sound point to one another as fragmented references to the whole, while forms of repetition in static works allude to varying levels of change. Found objects and images are combined and manipulated by hand to read with an alternative message. The title “Back in Our Minds” is borrowed from Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain album with an intended duel meaning for viewership. Back in our minds, as in leaving our minds and returning, and the itching psychic intuition that tells us instinctively when something is suspicious. Both examples are used personally and collectively as a lens to view the exhibition. With this, the nail and the blade of grass are not unalike. 

Ben Quinn (b.1991 Dayton, OH) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and MFA from California College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Cloaca Projects and Fused Space in San Francisco, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, and Massman Gallery in Oakland with group shows at Spaceheater in Brooklyn, Pt.2 in Oakland, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, and NIAD in Richmond, CA. Quinn’s work deals mostly with post-psychedelic reflection and sensitivities to the supernatural through painting, sometimes accompanied by image and sound.


Ben Quinn  -

Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts – San Francisco, CA  

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design – Columbus, OH

Solo Exhibitions
Starworm (3) - CLOACA - San Francisco, CA

Grasshead – Massman Gallery – Oakland, CA
Shoegazing – Fused Space / Jessica Silverman Gallery – San Francisco, CA
Magic Thumb – Littman Gallery, PSU – Portland, OR

Small World – Playspace Gallery - San Francisco, CA
Planet Cool – No Place Studios - Columbus, OH    

Void – Atrium Gallery, CCA – San Francisco, CA
Fantasy Man – Atrium Gallery, CCA – San Francisco, CA  
Purgatory - Atrium Gallery, CCA - San Francisco, CA    

Rainbow – Atrium Gallery, CCA – San Francisco, CA  
New Paintings – Co-Op Shop and Gallery – Columbus, OH  
3D Life – Sean Christopher Gallery – Columbus OH
What a Waste – Skylab Gallery – Columbus, OH
New Paintings – via ROYGBIV Gallery – Columbus, OH    

A Painting Show – Skylab Gallery – Columbus, OH  
We Are Probably Not Alone – Byers Gallery – Columbus, OH  
Taking a Closer Look – Columbus Metropolitan Library – Columbus, OH

Selected Group Exhibitions 
The Generation of Choice - Harelsden High Street hosted by Gern - Queens, NY
Juxtapose Clubhouse - Pt.2 Gallery - Miami FL
Anchors and Portals - Guerrero Gallery - San Francisco, CA
Calico Sunset - Pt. 2 Gallery - Oakland, CA

Fulfill the Dream – Spaceheater Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
Virgins Virgining – NIAD Art Center – Richmond, CA

Obstructed Views - Scott Charmin Gallery – Houston, TX  
Landfill / Bedrock – Guerrero Gallery – San Francisco, CA
Mallrats – Et. Al Etc. + 100% – Minnesota Street Project – San Francisco, CA
Staring At A Wall – Garage Gallery – Van Nuys, CA
Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition – Tacoah Bruce Gallery – Oakland, CA
Tomorrow Today – Luggage Store Gallery Project Space – San Francisco, CA
MFA Thesis Exhibition – Fused Space – San Francisco, CA 
Conspiracy – Minnesota Street Project, 2291 3rd St. – San Francisco, CA
Whose Child Is This? – Cutty Limits - Oakland, CA  

So Much World, So Little Reality – Cranium Corporation – San Francisco, CA
Open House – NYSRP Summer Program – Brooklyn, NY  
Alone Together – The Wattis – San Francisco, CA  
New Normal II – Guerrero Gallery – Oakland, CA  
Emotional Vacuum – SF Galleries, CCA – San Francisco, CA  
Towards Excomposition – Skylab Gallery – Columbus, OH  

Art Broken – Kavachnina Contemporary – Miami, FL 
The Way Things Were – Wonder Catacomb Gallery – Columbus, OH
En Masse – Skylab Gallery – Columbus, OH
R.A.W. Gallery – Columbus, OH  

Soft Blanket, Slow Thaw – Skylab Gallery, Columbus OH 
Love Library – Traveling Exhibition Through Printed Matter  
Lucky 7 – International Print Exchange Invitational - Kyoto, Japan  

Ben Quinn & Tom Watson – Dayton Art Project – Dayton, OH

Publications / Press
Coco Literary Salon – Bay Area Survey

Mousse Magazine – March
Art Practical – Shoegazing

Art Viewer – “Mallrats at Et. Al Etc.”
Moonlight Magazine Vol. II – Fall

Strangeways – Vol. 3 – November
Curiously Direct – Daydreamer Review – October
InParentheses (IP) Magazine – June    


614 Magazine - What’s happening in the Arts? – October
Columbus Alive! – Of Art and Aliens, February

Barclay Simpson Award – California College of the Arts
Keith Hature Friend Award   

Ginny Kleker Scholarship – Commitment to the Arts   
Clyde & Co. Community Art Award  

President’s Scholarship – Columbus College of Art & Design  

New York Studio Residency Program - AICAD - Brooklyn, NY

Live Cultures – Willie Young – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Mind Control @ Alter Space – QUALITY presents Willie Young – San Francisco, CA

SX – Sam Branden – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Daydreamer II – Group Exhibition – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Trilitongue Trilithon Trilithong – Megan Reed - QUALITY – Oakland, CA
40 $ec – Yerin Kim – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Lights Out Night Out – Woody Othello – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Exotic Blossom – Tosha Stimage + Lana Licata – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
American Value Freak Show – Keith Hature – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
White Lily – Greg Ponchak – QUALITY – Oakland, CA

American Picker – Kirt Hobler – QUALITY – Oakland, CA
Daydreamer I – Group Exhibition – QUALITY – Oakland, CA