Ben Roosevelt

Region: South

My art connects the origins of punk music to the urges of the Romantics and the trials of Dante as he wrote his medieval epic poem The Divine Comedy. In 2010, I had a dream about “The Flame,” a state of being that belongs somewhere between the legendary performances at the Rock ’n’ Roll Farm of Wayne, Michigan, and Twin Peaks’s Bang Bang Bar. Using installations, drawings, paintings, and sculptures to explore the world of The Flame, I wonder if this is the place youthful dreams go to die, or where new dreams are born?