Camberwell College of Arts BA Drawing alumnus Ben Long will be exhibiting as part of 48SHEET, an EC Arts project that will utilise 100 advertising billboards in Birmingham city center during April.
As part of 48SHEET Ben has been commissioned to debut the first three artworks from his ‘Moving Landscapes’ series in the city. For each of these artworks he has digitally manipulated the image of a historically significant 19th Century oil landscape using computer painting techniques. The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a locomotive.
‘Moving Landscapes’ responds to the overarching ‘Cultural Curiosity’ theme of 48SHEET, which aims to challenge the repetitive rhythms of urban life and the omnipotence of corporate advertising in the public realm.
‘Moving Landscapes’ can be viewed between 2 – 29 April at the intersection of St Chad’s Circus and Old Snow Hill, Birmingham.
Image: Ben Long – ‘Moving Landscape – The Hay Wain (after John Constable)’, 2012. Digital print on advertising billboard. Commissioned for 48SHEET by EC Arts, sponsored by Arts Council England and JCDecaux.