Tomio Koyama

Amy Bennett

28 Nov - 19 Dec 2009

© Amy Bennett
Heaven Help Us, 2009

2009. 11. 28th(sat.) - 12. 19th(sat.)
TKG Contemporary:Tomio Koyama Gallery 6th flooropening
reception 11.28. sat. 6:00 - 8:00pm

Amy Bennett constructs a large diorama in her studio, and within this landscape, she creates several scenes. Placing it before her as if painting a still life, she produces her paintings. Reminding one of a folktale, the paintings' charm is full of beautiful light and an air of mystery.
This exhibition features the last images in a series created from her lake diorama constructed in 2008. A resin lake expands across a 4 x 1 styrofoam base, upon which wire trees, cardboard cottages and model people are arranged. In order to make each scene stand out, the sky is painted in the background, and delicate lighting is applied, completing the motifs. Amy looks over the diorama for the point from which she can freely paint the scene, completing the image over time.
"I am interested in storytelling over time through repeated depictions of the same house, car or person, seasonal changes and shifting vantage points. Similar to memory, they are fictional constructions of significant moments and distillations of experience."
Her themes include loneliness, transition, loss, mystery, and the awkwardness of a group of people trying to coexist and relate to one another. In addition to images of the lake as a summer retreat, images of a desolate winter lake will be shown. Many may feel an attraction to the quiet, similar to that in the works of Edward Hopper.
» Concept:This show will feature 8 new paintings. The quiet lakeside landscapes and mysterious snowscapes are delicately depicted as if they are photographs. We hope you enjoy the show.

Artist Biography
Amy Bennett was born in Maine in 1977. She lives and works in Brooklyn after having completing her studies at the New York Academy of Art.
She has held solo shows at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles (which represents Marcel Dzama) and the Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm (representing Jockum Nordstrom and Mamma Andersson). The lake series is an expansion on the January 2001 show, "At the Lake" held at Richard Heller, and the monotypes from "Out in the Open" held at Galleri Magnus Karlsson in September 2009.

Tags: Mamma Andersson, Amy Bennett, Marcel Dzama, Edward Hopper, Jockum Nordström