StockholmAmy Bennett: Land of Plenty
Galleri Magnus Karlsson presents Amy Bennett’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition Land of Plenty features a new series of paintings executed in the last two years. A catalogue with an essay by Swedish songwriter, performer and writer Annika Norlin is published in conjunction with the exhibition.
The paintings of Amy Bennett depict crucial but elusive moments of everyday life. She studies, processes and recreates passages and fragments of life in paintings that can be compared to short stories. As viewers, we are thrown into environments, contexts and narratives in the core of the event. This frozen process allows reflection and encourages one’s own fantasies and reflections. We stand outside and look into a private sphere that we can recognize from our own lives.
Leading up to a painting, Amy Bennett builds small three-dimensional models. For some works, an entire landscape or a residential area is created, in other cases a small room or a limited space. She constructs the models to scale using simple materials such as styrofoam, cardboard, plastic and paint. In her studio, she can then illuminate the stage and find the exact perspective before she starts painting.
The new reality that arises in painting is at the same time seductively realistic and disturbingly artificial. The careful and laborious work process emphasizes the importance of each individual work and the significance of the story.
I sometimes go back in time to try to locate the exact moments that mattered the most,
for me that is,
in my own little life.
If I could shorten those moments down to just a brief instant.
And by this I don’t mean That Weekend When I Met My Best Friend,
but more like: exactly when could you see it in our faces, that’s what I’d like to know.
Of all the seconds that passed by that weekend, which one was it
where she and I opened up at exactly the same time, let each other in.
What did that look like?
And the first kiss with someone important,
when does it reach its peak?
Is it at the exact moment the lips meet?
Is it right before, when you decide to go for it and make an attempt at kissing? Or is it when the kiss is over, when you have to take responsibility for it?
A telephone conversation.
Often, these exact instances are impossible to precisely distill until afterwards. Life goes on, someone says something,
time goes by, you think about it,
and one day you just know, that what happened right there and then,
that was something
that formed the basis for.
I think of all these things
when I look at Amy Bennett’s paintings.
Extract from a text written for the exhibition catalogue.
(Translated from Swedish by Richard G. Carlsson)
Amy Bennett was born 1977 in Portland, Maine, USA. She lives and works in Cold Spring, USA. Education at University of Hartford, USA (BFA, 1999) and New York Academy of Art (MFA, 2002). She has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums since 2005. Solo exhibitions in selection: Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, USA (2019), Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, USA (2019), Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (2016, 2013, 2007), Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery, New York, USA (2016), Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden (2011, 2009, 2007), Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009) and Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, USA (2005). Her permanent mosaic installation, Heydays, can be seen at the station of 86th Street & 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, USA.
Annika Norlin is a songwriter and performer with her projects Säkert! and Hello Saferide. Last spring she published her first collection of short stories, Jag ser allt du gör (Weyler förlag).
Courtesy of Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm