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      March 22, 2019

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      704 Terry Avenue
      Seattle, Washington 98104

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      Gretchen Frances Bennett: Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth

      Frye Art Museum
      704 Terry Ave
      Seattle, WA 98104
      Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11am – 5pm

      Gretchen Frances Bennett: Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth
      FEBRUARY 16 – JUNE 2, 2019

      Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Working primarily in drawing, she demonstrates a preoccupation with mundane yet cinematically-inflected moments that retain the fascination of a time diffuse between past and present. She is perhaps best known for luminous color pencil translations of personal photographs and artifacts of popular media, as in a series of drawings of Kurt Cobain based on YouTube videos and the Gus van Sant film, Last Days (2005). Acknowledging the fragmentary and intermediary nature of her source material, Bennett often includes “surface evidence” within her drawings, like accidental tears in the original photograph, the grain of lo-fi digital video imagery, or the color imbalances of inkjet print-outs.

      Recently Bennett’s practice has extended to writing. In conjunction with a collection of personal essays and poems that she has been working on for over a year, she is creating a slideshow in collaboration with photographer Paulo Castillo and a series of time-intensive, large-scale drawings that examine constructed and deconstructed notions of the self, particularly in relation to her own social formation as a white woman. Based on sources ranging from photographs taken during childhood travels to stills from Céline Sciamma’s film Tomboy (2011) and screen grabs from online spiritual guides’ video channels, this new body of work tracks Bennett’s process of deprogramming, healing, and (continual) re-becoming by retracing and unfolding her own adolescence. Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth showcases these new works alongside a selection of key pieces from previous moments in Bennett’s practice, revealing the artist’s special ability to spark unexpected poetic associations across time and subject matter.

      Gretchen Frances Bennett’s (American, b.1960, Portland, Oregon) recent projects include the exhibitions Becoming American, San Juan Island, WA (2018); Fire in the Mountains, Jackson, WY (2018); and The Rough Draft of Everything, Bridge Productions, Seattle, WA (2017). She has read her writing at the Holiday Forever Gallery, Jackson, WY (2017) and as part of the series This Might Not Work at INCA, Seattle, WA (2016). In 2014, Bennett received the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award and completed postgraduate work at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is presently at work on her first collection of essays.

      Gretchen Frances Bennett is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Amanda Donnan. Generous support is provided by Vulcan, Inc.

      Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, First Hill
      Event Types: Arts, Museum/Gallery
      Audience: Adults, All, Children, Family, Senior, Special Needs, Teen
      Contact: Frye Art Museum
      Contact Phone: 206-622-9250
      Contact Emailinfo@fryemuseum.org
      Pre-Register: No
      Cost: Free
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