Materials: 40 pieces; casein paint and acrylic paint on board with plaster
Dimensions: 18 x 27 x 3⁄4 in. (45.7 x 68.5 x 1.9 cm) each
Credit: Courtesy of the artist Commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Art for the 2013 Carnegie International
Benning’s recent foray into abstract painting is represented here by the new work Locating Centers. Based on drawings the artist made on the iPhone, blown up in scale, hand-cut, and painted, the 40 paintings meditate on the relationships between analogue and digital processes. Benning described the series as being inspired by the International itself: “I was thinking about being in this international group show, being in Pittsburgh, and how there is no center to such a show—that there is a multiplicity of centers that interlock and overlap. So I was thinking of that in a conceptual way, about the body, and trying to find a middle, and also how that relates to narrative—a beginning, a middle, and an end, as well as a transitional connection between sequences.” These themes of inside and outside, and the body as a metaphor, are explored across four separate sequences that comprise one whole.