#102-148 Alexander Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1B5

UNDERBUSH: an installation by Jane Benson

Saturday March 24 to Saturday, April 21, 2007
Opening reception: Friday, March 23 at 8:00 pm

Benson’s UNDERBUSH is a large-scale installation comprised of hundreds of hanging foil garlands which drape from the gallery ceiling in a dense canopy of web-like tendrils. Normally flashy and metallic, these readymades have been meticulously spray-painted the tones of the military palette (olive, brown, tan and black), transforming the typically celebratory, tinsel festoon into a muted lattice of organic funereal reverie. The delicate beauty of UNDERBUSH—its engagement with high design and the tropes of decoration—is at once relished and destabilized: the heavy mood and oppressive sense of deception which underpins Benson’s project provides a mesmerizing backdrop for its engagement with the ways our cultural systems and inherent power structures define our understanding of our surroundings.

JANE BENSON was born in England, and lives and works in New York. She is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1997). Her solo exhibitions have been presented recently at Black and White Gallery Chelsea and Roebling Hall in New York. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at P.S.1, the Queens Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and Lothringer Dreizen in Munich. Benson is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, and was awarded a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and World Financial Center Arts & Events Residency Program.

Helen Pitt Gallery
#102-148 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6A 1B5

Contact: Lance Blomgren, Director/Curator

Official Website: http://www.helenpittgallery.org

Added by HelenPittGallery on March 16, 2007