Biography

Benjamin Dearstyne Hoste (b. 1983) is an American artist whose work spans photography, video, sculpture, installation, and site based projects. His work is distinguished by its use of subtle figurative and temporal interventions that engage often unseen or overlooked forces. Frequently his work probes commonly held assumptions, perceptions, or expectations as they relate the human experience.

Much of his work encourages participation and community engagement, either through direct handling or extended exposure through repeated observation. Available Balance uses photographic enlargements of discarded ATM receipts to reposition viewers in relation to the geographic locations of the ATMs, and subsequantly the sociopolitical and economic conditions, that generate each receipt. Handle With Care tests our physical assumptions, toppling expectations, and arousing our imagination through the implausible stacking of large, asymmetrically weighted boxes by both artist and viewer. Prevailing Winds (presently in production) addresses our contemporary state in which alternative facts continue to supplant reason and reality through the deployment of a network of custom windsocks across rooftops within a local geography—bringing visuality to the invisible, turning wind into an observable and measurable phenomenon.

He has received numerous awards and grants, most notably the Marcia Grand Centennial Sculpture Prize in 2020. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, amongst others. He holds an MFA in studio art from the University of Arizona (2021), MA in journalism from the University of Missouri (2014), and a BA in mathematics and media studies from Claremont McKenna College (2006).

He currently lives and works in the American Southwest.