Sometime around 2008, Ben Barry and Everett Katigbak joined FB. Bennett moved to San Francisco in 2005 where he exhibited painting, installation and social practice work as well as developed his own business as a designer and builder. Between 2012 and 2018, Bennett grew the program from a headquarters-based residency experience to an international site-specific installation program commissioning hundreds of new works annually. How has side project complimented and shaped your work at Facebook AIR? This experience as a young artist in the Bay led me to believe that the commodification of rarified objects does not necessarily serve my ideal reality of most artists making the most creative and innovative work possible. Artists. Aside from our own visual work, most of us put on events, curate shows, publish collections of other artists’ work. “Art doesn’t just decorate Facebook’s offices. ALICIA McCARTHY / Photograph by Anthony Roberts, Courtesy FB AIR. We’re not building a corporate collection for material investment’s sake. Bennett sees engagement with painting as similar to communion with nature in that they are both efforts towards heightened presence, and his new paintings can be seen as layered explorations of this idea. Bennett graduated from Colorado College in 2004 (BA, Fine Arts). In 2015, Bennett co-founded Starline Social Club (Oakland) with Adam Hatch and Sam White. How do you select artists for the programme? Log in. We are working with artists around the world who, by creating unyielding, authentic, site-specific work are upholding a number of Facebook values every time. “What is at the tip of your attention? But our history of programming has emphasised the handmade, the laborious, the dazzling, and the positive. Artists. It flows through and all around you is Bennett’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and celebrates one of the artist’s core interests: the relationships between humans and nature, water, and each other. Bennett is not suggesting a return to anything as much as a realignment, a reassessment of how we might enjoy and benefit from a relationship with nature through creating active feedback with the natural world and its resources. For tickets visit iloveoffset.com. Everything from sculpture to textiles, video art and conceptual art.Why is this cross over between visual languages so important to you? OFFSET Dublin returns this week, 24th March – 27th March at Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Bennett moved to San Francisco in 2005 where he exhibited painting, installation and social practice work as well as developed his own business as a designer and builder. At headquarters Sofie Ramos, Jay Nelson, Alicia McCarthy, Barbara Holmes, David Wilson, and Kristin Farr (who expressed the company’s core values so hard, we had to keep her as a curator). Yes, there are countless ways to communicate visually and we want to see them all, from all perspectives. Drew Bennett’s The River Laughs While the Sky Cries examines the relationship between the human body and nature. Bennett founded FB AIR, Facebook’s artist in a residency program. It serves as an active visual expression of the company’s values.” This is a statement of your own, and it’s interesting to read that the artists you work with span a diverse range of disciplines. 1981, Chicago, IL) is an Oakland-based artist. Ben had come from a design studio in Austin where they designed posters for bands. I travel to all of our global regions to oversee the art program happenings, so every day is a new set of waves. Now resigned from his role at Facebook, he is dedicated to his art, family, and Starline. More. Because there was such a sense of ownership of the space. Commissioning visual artists has been described as a way to extend and underscore Facebook’s ‘hacker philosophy and builder culture’. There are countless anecdotes about artists who’ve been able to better sustain or expand their practices after spending time with us. How did you get to where you are now? Meetings with our regional curators, artists, architects, and internal stakeholders. Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present it flows through and all around you, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Oakland-based artist Drew Bennett. The paintings on view for it flows through and all around you show figures engulfed in known and unknown planes of space that fluctuate between actual and reflected, solid state and fluid, natural and spiritual. 1275 Minnesota Street, Suite 105, San Francisco, United States . The Lab was the catalyst for handmade creativity within the company, Ben and Everett are cofounders of the FB AIR program. They’re flexible, finding the right medium for their message. Art doesn’t just decorate Facebook’s offices; it serves as an active visual expression of the company’s values. He leaves some figures clothed as that is the natural state of comfort for most people today but is quick to lead by example that being comfortable fully nude is valuable and worth practicing early and often. They found some space in a corner of a warehouse at FB, and began making these “Red Type” posters. Outside of the long days on the job I try to squeeze in some time for family, some time with my own studio practice, trail runs, and checking in on my bar, restaurant, venue side biz in Oakland. Bennett’s depictions of the nude body are desexualized and relate to this overarching idea of re-naturalizing the most natural of experiences. 1981, Chicago, IL) is an Oakland-based artist, designer/builder, curator, and creative director. There are countless criteria used when finding artists to collaborate with. My days include holding a vision and maintain a space for artists to be supported at Facebook to authentically push themselves and never pander to the audience or company at an ever-increasing global scale. Furthermore, he suggests that his scenes could be misread as optimistic in an antiquated way. This plays out in a constant project and program development churn. That’s what we’re here to demonstrate. A lot of it comes naturally to us, in our own unique ways as individuals. Ever Gold [Projects] In past show. Drew Bennett is an Oakland-based artist, designer/builder, curator, and creative director. Your email address will not be published. Address. Creating a rooftop park with multiple outdoor installations and producing massive murals seen through our windows from the expressway are solid highlights. Starting out at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park in 2012, the Facebook artist in residency programme offered local, early career artists the opportunity to make new, site-specific work in a trusted and unrestricted, corporate environment. Inky Goodness: Facebook AIR Creative Director Drew Bennett But the times I look forward to most are when we feel simultaneously scared and thrilled about what’s going down with the art installations on site at any given moment. Installation view, it flows through and all around you, Drew Bennett at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, 2019. But we are working with artists around the world who, by creating unyielding, authentic, site-specific work are upholding a number of Facebook values every time. Opening reception: June 13, 5-8 pm, Drew Bennett, “Keep It With You,” 2019. SOFIE RAMOS / Photograph by Anthony Roberts, Courtesy FB AIR. How did the idea for Analog Lab come about? In past show. Ever Gold [Projects] | Minnesota Street Project. The practice of printing at FB was set in motion in the form of the Analog Research Lab. Barry McGee has said that your idea of interjecting art into the work place seemed like a very ‘free, expansive and dynamic move’. Editorial. Bennett moved to San Francisco in 2005 where he exhibited painting, installation and social practice work as well as developed his own business as a designer and builder. This will obviously be alongside developing and growing my own practice as an artist, designer, and builder. More so given that much of the art commissioned by AIR is site specific. We’ve explored material challenges and approaches to art in our spaces alongside the company’s experiments with raw and rugged architecture. Ever Gold [Projects] In past show. From Ever Gold [Projects], Drew Bennett, Blue Lake Mountain (2019), Oil, latex, acrylic, wood, 45 × 34 × 3 in. It’s their work beyond FB, which qualifies them to scout for artists who align with our program’s mission. It has unfortunately become a privilege to have the means and access to commune with nature, and to have the frame of reference to attempt this kind of connection; these scenes point to the intrinsic need for nature’s accessibility and the transformative potential it holds despite obstacles and distractions. This preoccupation with supporting artist communities is a common thread within my artist community. In your opinion which artists have been most successful in demonstrating / expressing the company’s core values? Explore releases from Drew Bennett at Discogs. Bennett moved to San Francisco in 2005 where he exhibited painting, installation and social practice work as well as developed his own business as a designer and builder. Mercury News: Facebook campus becomes artist’s canvas: Tech firms hire creative minds to inspire workforce. euronews: Meet Drew Bennett, founder of Facebook’s Artist In Residence Program Different visual languages in dialog with each other, sometimes in a challenging way, sometimes sympathetic, but always synergetic. In 2012, Bennett founded FB AIR, Facebook’s artist in residency program. Auctions. Describe your path to becoming an artist. Have there been any moments that have truly blown you away? Bennett founded FB AIR, Facebook’s artist in a residency program. Refinery29: At Facebook, Art Becomes A Metaphor For What The Company Wants To Achieve Sep 19 – Oct 31, 2020. Whether structures for weekend-long group events or modest cabins for seasonal living, these projects express Bennett’s core motivations to promote communion with nature. During the process of being commission by Facebook for another art installation, drew offered to found and lead a proper artist in residence program for the company instead. From Ever Gold [Projects], Drew Bennett, Blue Lake Mountain (2019), Oil, latex, acrylic, wood, 45 × 34 × 3 in. Duration. Auctions. This team is how we’ve been able to take this program to a global level. We work with like-minded brands, advertisers and PR agencies to share stories, create content and consult on creative projects. 3 stages. By the time I got to college I had a growing curiosity with how artists and their work functioned in society. In past show. His study of ways to mechanically harness natural forces overlaps with his interest in architecture, and he has designed and built infrastructure supporting both temporary and long-term dwelling in nature. Drew Bennett is an artist, designer, and curator who straddled the art and tech scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area for years, until his worlds collided in 2012. The usual “good at drawing” stuff happened when I was young. Meet Drew Bennett, founder of Facebook's Artist In Residence Program (FB AIR) euronews (in English) ... Three Artists, Three Perspectives A Facebook Live event - Duration: 5:27:34. Barry’s a legend and a great example of how artists at any point in their career can make their best work when trusted to push their practice, as he did with us.