New paintings by Aviv Benn will be featured at the 2021 Untitled Miami Beach Art fair, November 29th through December 4th, 2021
Born in Tel Aviv, Benn recently relocated to London from Chicago where she completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. She received her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 2013.
Benn had solo exhibitions at Art Von Frei Gallery, Berlin, in RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv and Devening Projects Gallery, Chicago and Extase Gallery, Chicago. She participated in various group exhibitions in Germany, Chicago, New York and Tel-Aviv.
Her work was featured on various publications and platforms such as New American Paintings, ArtMaze Magazine, Artnet, The Art Newspaper, Ha’aretz Daily Newspaper and more. Benn participated in artist residencies including Affect in Berlin (2014), PILOTENKUECHE international artist residency`, Spinnerei, Leipzig (2015) and the Vermont Studio Center artist residency (2019). She received the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2021, Rabinovich Foundation Grant in 2015 and 2019 and the Graduate Dean Professional Development Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 and 2018.
My paintings are a visual universe starring symbolic archetypes that pop up and reappear time and again, and together formulate the dreamlike world they inhabit. These colorful figures take over the entire painterly space, encompassing their surroundings, dissolving and merging, floating in an unknown limbo.
I view painting as an act of compulsion and a ritualistic repetition of images, motifs and ornaments.
Repeating the same imagery over numerous canvases, informs a narrative that stretches beyond the boundaries of a singular artwork; new relationships are woven together to build a vivid myth throughout my work.
Each series of paintings explores another facet of the fictional world that acts as a distorted mirror of our existence, and each painting is an exploration of the limits of the medium itself. I start each painting with a colorful abstract gestural ground. Within this field of paint, I recognize metaphysical forms and define them, and those later compose the storytelling and imagery of each piece.
I like to think of the painting process as a Rorschach ink-blot test; I inject meaning into ephemeral shapes that evolve into figures and images, which in turn dominate my stage-canvases. Once a piece is finished, viewers inject their own meaning into the work, so the painting remains a realm to conceive stories and project emotions.
The sense of push-pull and disarray in the paintings is created by complex layers of transparent and opaque gestures made of oil, spray paint, pigments, oil pastels and wax medium. A painterly surface that is bodily and textured, reflecting the physicality of the viewer, yet it remains flat, an elusive dimension beyond our reach.
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