Benjamin Merris (1978) Idaho USA     Lives in Brooklyn, New York         Education                                             2007 MFA, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow UK                                                      2002 BA, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA                                      Current and Upcoming Projects             2014 Battat Contemporary (solo), Montreal CAN
2013 Outside The Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, curated by Dean
Daderko, Houston USA
Element, Rudiments, and Principles, Boston University Art Gallery, curated
By Kate McNamara and Dana Frankfort, Boston USA

Solo Exhibitions
2013 ltd los angeles presents...Benny Merris, ltd los angeles, LA
Dessicated Punch Bowl, Orgy Park, Brooklyn NY (w/ Ben Dowell)
2011 Kunsthal Rotterdam (site-specific painting commission), Netherlands
2010 Happy As An Asteroid, Push Galerie, Montreal
Bubble and Squeak, Glasgow International, Arch 1, curated by Jim Lambie
ECSTAT!C !NS!STANCE, Solo Booth at Amsterdam Art Fair with Cokkie Snoei
2009 Maximalism: Phase Three, The Project Room, Glasgow UK
SUPER DEUTSCHLAND BOOGIE WOOGIE 78, MAXHANSDANIEL, Berlin DE
Meaningism, Sweet Geranium Gallery, Glasgow UK I Think I Don't When I Do But Uhhh, The Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow UK
2007 Maximalism: Phase Two, inter/media gallery, Glasgow UK
2006 Territory, E.S.U. Gallery (Edinburgh Festival) Edinburgh UK
2003 It Doesn't Matter, Espresso Royale, Boston USA September, The Moan and Dove, Amherst USA
Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 Outside The Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, curated by Dean
Daderko, Houston USA
As Tears Go By, Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Element, Rudiments, and Principles, Boston University Art Gallery, curated
By Kate McNamara and Dana Frankfort, Boston USA
Pleinairism, Walter Phillips Gallery, curated by Kitty Scott and
Silke Otto Knapp, Banff CAN
Mind The Gap, ff Konzepte zu Aktueller Kunst curated by Veit Rieber, Frankfurt
The End, Beginnings, Brooklyn USA
2012 Bred and Fed, Shoot The Lobster @ BS Gallery, Iowa City, USA
5 Positions, WWTWO Project Space, Montreal
Artypes Portrait Salon, Public Assembly, Brooklyn NY
Artypes Still Life Salon, Wandering Around Wondering, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Way Out Is The Way Out, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh curated by Jamie Kenyon
Die Die Die, Member's show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Non-Invasive Pioneers (with Bas Zoontjens), Cokkie Snoie Gallery, Rotterdam
Neither Bird Nor Fish (w/ Ragnar Jonasson), SWG3, Glasgow 2008 You Can't Hide Your Love Forever, Galerie LHK, curated by Lindsey Hanlon,Paris
You Should Be On Holiday, Member's Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Future Greats, Salon Gallery, London
A Painting, A Guitar, A Wig And A Wheelie Bag, curated by Jim Lambie, Glasgow The State, A. Vermin in association with Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, curated by Alhena Katsof
2007 No Way Out, Living Art Museum, Rekjyavik Furthermore, Artnews Projects, Berlin
MFA Degree show, Tramway, Glasgow
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World, Low Salt, Glasgow Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland
2006 Solo, Member's Show, Transmission, Glasgow
MFA Interim Show, Macintosh Gallery, Glasgow
De Kunstvlaii 6, Westergas Fabriek, Amsterdam
Mercury Art Prize, The Hospital Gallery, London
Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Russian Doll Show, Assembly Gallery, Glasgow
2005 It Shouldn't Matter, The Moan and Dove, Amherst Annual Show, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Boston 2004 The Otherside, The Otherside, Boston
Annual Show, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Boston
2003 Annual Show, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Boston 2002 Boston Printmakers Biennale, 808 Gallery. Boston
Annual Show, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Boston
2001 Guest Show, Kingston Gallery, Boston
Performance 2001 - 2004 Kaiju Big Battel. Japanese monster combat. Live performances in
NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles. Produced 3 DVD's with International distribution. Live performance on national television: MTV and "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" ABC broadcasting.
Residencies
2012 The Banff Centre - Summer Thematic Residency w/ Jan Verwoert and
Silke Otto-Knapp
2000 University of Massachusetts Boston Summer Residency on Nantucket

Awards/Grants 2009 British Arts Council Travel Grant Scottish Arts Council Amsterdam Residency (shortlisted) 2007 Glasgow Sculpture Studios Graduate Award 2006 Royal Scottish Academy DCA Data Solutions Prize for Painting
Public Collections
AkzoNobel Art Collection
Bibliography "Maximal Abstraction", Montreal Mirror, Stacey DeWolfe, 21/10/10
"Benny Merris: Bubble and Squeak", The Skinny, Andrew Cattanach, 21/04/10
"Benny Launches Surprise Attach on Third Person. Position. Pictures." John Calcutt, It's Not Hard: Explorations of Live Art, 2008 "Glasgow International", Martin Vincent, Frieze, Issue 116 June/July/August 2008 "A.Vermin", Jenny Richards, The Skinny Online, 23/04/2008 "High thrills and ungodly chills", Moira Jeffrey, Scotland On Sunday, 20/04/08 "No Mean City For Art", Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman 18/04/2008 "Outsiders Give The Art Festival Its Edge', Jack Mottram, The Herald, 18/04/2008