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Gretchen Bennett
updated: 07/07/2011
website: gretchenbennett.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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ruskin
Ripple Effect (Exploding)
Windfall Alphabet (London Plane, Red Elm, Horse Chestnut, Norway Maple...)
Tahoma, installation view
Charcoal Stick Alphabet
Charcoal Stick Alphabet detail
Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House Floor Plan
you suck
Dive
no, I don't
Tahoma
ru_kin
Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop legend, cut down in his prime
The Dutch Wives (For Jasper Johns)
Edinburgh Lecture diagram: Decorated cusped gothic window by John Ruskin and Sir John Everett Millais
 
Portfolio Keywords:  craft, nature, text, landscape, pattern, repetition, systems, language
 
 
ruskin by Gretchen Bennett
ruskin
made from found stick alphabet (Windfall Alphabet)
2010
Dimensions variable
Ripple Effect (Exploding) by Gretchen Bennett
Ripple Effect (Exploding)
Found sticks
2011
Dimensions variable
Windfall Alphabet (London Plane, Red Elm, Horse Chestnut, Norway Maple...) by Gretchen Bennett
Windfall Alphabet (London Plane, Red Elm, Horse Chestnut, Norway Maple...)
Found sticks, some made into charcoal
2010-2011
Dimensions variable
Tahoma, installation view by Gretchen Bennett
Tahoma, installation view
colored pencil drawings, charcoal stick alphabet
2011
Dimensions variable
Charcoal Stick Alphabet by Gretchen Bennett
Charcoal Stick Alphabet
Found sticks made into charcoal
2011
Dimensions variable
Charcoal Stick Alphabet detail by Gretchen Bennett
Charcoal Stick Alphabet detail
Charcoal Stick Alphabet detail (from tree twigs)
2011
Dimensions variable
Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House Floor Plan by Gretchen Bennett
Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House Floor Plan
Colored pencils on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
you suck by Gretchen Bennett
you suck
Colored pencils on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Dive by Gretchen Bennett
Dive
Colored pencils on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
no, I don't by Gretchen Bennett
no, I don't
Colored pencils on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
Tahoma by Gretchen Bennett
Tahoma
Colored pencils on paper
2011
22" x  30" 
ru_kin by Gretchen Bennett
ru_kin
graphite on paper
2010
9" x  12" 
Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop legend, cut down in his prime by Gretchen Bennett
Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop legend, cut down in his prime
Colored pencils on paper
2010
26" x  30" 
The Dutch Wives (For Jasper Johns) by Gretchen Bennett
The Dutch Wives (For Jasper Johns)
Found sticks, metal thumb tacks
2011
Dimensions variable
Edinburgh Lecture diagram: Decorated cusped gothic window by John Ruskin and Sir John Everett Millais by Gretchen Bennett
Edinburgh Lecture diagram: Decorated cusped gothic window by John Ruskin and Sir John Everett Millais
Colored pencils on paper
2010
26" x  30" 

Artist Statement

Texts by John Ruskin on JMW Turner, Buckminster Fuller and John Berger, as well as my own writing based on their observations and my studio findings, have produced a constellation of issues and open-ended resolutions. The body and landscape, in particular, are center dialogs in my studio, along with the influence of outside agents, weather patterns and darker impulses. Jasper Johns and his Catenary Curve paintings, as well as his gray paintings, provide a neutral canvas. Turner's painting, "The Slavers," points the way to express ideas of collective guilt and the language of fuedal climates. Within a gray or neutral palette, larger, more colorful themes emerge.

Artist Bio / CV
This year, Gretchen Bennett has been awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space residency and she presented her third solo show with Howard House, “Community World Theatre”. In both 2008 and 2009 she was awarded residencies with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2009 she was awarded an Artist Trust GAP Grant toward making “I don’t blame you”. Her work is currently featured in the Seattle Art Museum video gallery video, as well as in the exhibition “Kurt”, at the Seattle Art Museum, both curated by Michael Darling. She has written for issues 1 and 6 of “La Norda Specialo”, a 'zine for artists' writing about art. Bennett has been a guest lecturer at Seattle University, Rutgers University MGSA and Cornish College of the Arts. She received her MFA at Rutgers University in 2001.