The first solo exhibition in the UK by New York-based artist Sadie Benning.
Installed sequentially in the galleries, this new body of work reads with a filmic register – frame by frame – as pictures are viewed from a distance, or seen in detail close-up. Fragments are enlarged or brought closer, photographs dissolve into painterly abstraction and images remain mutable.
Sleep Rock includes a series made with a completely new approach to materials: transparencies, analogue photos and digital prints are embedded within layers of resin, enamel and spray paint on wall-based panels. In other works, Benning cuts large panels into pieces, layering the components with aqua-resin before re-assembling them to create works that hover between painting and sculpture.
Benning’s approach to images, materials and installation resists categorisation. This in-between quality reflects decades of enquiry into cultural material, beginning with Benning’s earliest video works made in the late 1980s and subsequent explorations in drawing, painting and music production. The process of amassing, recontextualising, editing, sequencing, and destabilising both found and original content continues to propel Benning’s current practice.