6 - 8pm, Thursday 12th Sep
Karen Benton & Jude Williams - Ambiguity of Spaces Between
Williams uses video and intuitively selected photographic images of suburbia, created from subjective responses and stamped with her own specificity. Working with predominantly acrylic, oil paint and medium she transforms the photographs into images of multiple ambiguous meanings articulating past and contemporary understandings of the human situation within the physical environment.
Benton’s manipulation of a variety of materials including cotton, gauze, string,acrylic and canvas can be read as metaphorically corporeal through herlayering, draping, folding and collapsing. For the Ambiguity of Spaces Between, Benton explores the blurred boundaries between structural elements of the grid andthe intuitive, spontaneity of the gesture - between confinement and movement.
Her work also explores concepts that do not necessarily have a defined physical shape in the world, such as the notion of the space between the familiar and the unexpected.
Karen Benton and Jude Williams are emerging experimental artists who are interested in exploring transitional spaces. Benton and Williams both recently graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney College of the Arts.
Benton’s art practice is situated in the field of expanded painting where she adopts an interdisciplinary approach across painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance and installation. Her practice is informed by both conceptual and reductive art and an interest in streetscapes and fashion.
Benton aims to incorporate elements of both control and spontaneity in her work.
Her material manipulations can be read metaphorically and allude to fragility, change, blurred boundaries and tested limits experienced by the individual and within the socio-political environment.
Benton’s work aims to reflect dualities that arise within the transitional space such as conceal/reveal, imperfection/perfection, momentum/confinement, and familiar/unknown.
Williams’ practice primarily uses photographs, paint and video to explore the ambiguity in the reality of everyday images. Her practice takes intuitively selected photographic images and working with predominantly acrylic and oil paint she transforms these images created from subjective responses,stamping them with her own specificity, into images of multiple ambiguous meanings.
Williams recognises that the process of making art is personal whererevelations oscillate between the artist and the artwork. Her work explores the theories of Canadian philosopher, John Russon who says of this involvement that, ‘simultaneously a type of detachment occurs as we are never simply immersed in our reality. That we notice our immersion, like we are hovering above our involvement, and as a result, ambiguous multiple meanings are revealed’.