Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Anna Freeman Bentley
London GB
Updated: 2017-01-19 02:19:15


Using painting and architectural imagery, I explore the emotive potential of space and its associations with longing. Borrowing compositional devices from the language of film, the paintings portray reflective and mirrored spaces that become hard to locate. These fabricated environments, inspired by real, encountered places, begin to push the bounds of architectural possibility.

The viewer is forced to inhabit disconnected or overlooked interiors through the removal of human presence; however, the objects that remain suggest traces of habitation. My paintings investigate interiors that embody a sense of change, including abandoned buildings, baroque palaces, newly renovated cafes, restaurants, junk shops and old hotels. I seek out oppositions or contradictions within these spaces: empty and full, interior and exterior, abandoned and rediscovered, or surface and depth. The contrasts evident in these environments point to a longing for the past, a present lack or a future potentiality.

The materiality of the paint acts as a tool to un-ground these locations, blurring the imagery between the figurative and the abstract. A clear reading of the space is deliberately obscured or questioned. The use of cropping and the speed with which my work is executed, in a thin layer of oil paint over a slippery coloured ground, mirrors a single filmic frame, emphasising the connection between the cinematic and the painted image. As in film, the gaze is arrested by potential discoveries, behind each shadow or around the next corner. Painting mimics the projected veil of a moving image by both constructing and deconstructing illusory space, interrogating the nature of space. The work not only investigates ideas of the architectural but also of materiality and the space of painting itself.

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