Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present Current Motion, a solo exhibit of new and recent works by Kaua'i artist,
Carol Bennett in a public art space at Saint Peter’s Church, Narthex Gallery, in New York.
This public art space is located at 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street). The exhibit will run through October 17th.
A special reception with Carol Bennett will take place on Thursday, September 16th from 6-8 pm.
Current Motion is a poetic retreat from ordinary life and into a meditative voyage below the surface, and specifically below the surface of the Ocean. The viewer will experience being in a state “flow” – where the currents of the ocean suspend life and self, and the unexpected floats to the surface. The exhibit will focus on her paintings portraying swimmers and underwater creatures.
For Carol, the act of swimming underwater is similar to the process of painting – the body floats and the mind drifts.
Carol’s fascination with the swimmer imagery began when she was living in Los Angeles and swimming at the LA Athletic Club.
According to Carol, “The floor beneath the pool, with its ethereal skylight, was an underwater observation room...used by Olympic coaches in the 1920's. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer's private time and drawing in their beauty. I became the swimmer I observed in the images I later created.”
Like the water and the worlds she captures, Carol’s paintings are multi-layered surfaces that are intricate, textured and unpredictable. She is constantly experimenting with her work whether it’s adding, subtracting, sanding and recoating or testing new “canvases.”
To date, Carol has created artwork on surfaces including glass, recycled sailboat sails and wood panel. And she experiments with a range of materials including ink, oil and acrylic paints, mica, coffee, pigment and wax.
These combinations and processes create images that are of the moment and unique to every painting.
This is Carol Bennett’s first solo exhibit outside of Hawaii and Los Angeles.
The exhibit will run through October 17, 2010. Exhibit hours are Daily 8 am – 8pm.
A portion of all gallery sales are donated to charities helping underserved children heal through art. We currently support Free Arts NYC and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids.