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Will Benedict ( American, 1978 )

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General Description

In this painting, along with its pendant Yellow Fever [2014.15.1], two women sit opposite one another, engaged in a staring contest. The abstract canvas above them functions like a thought bubble, showing volatility where mute tension otherwise permeates the atmosphere. Their expressions and body language imply a narrative, as do the two different canvases, but the source of the women’s discomfort can’t be known. The work’s multiple layers add complexity to the piece without necessarily adding information. To achieve these layered compositions, Benedict inlays a painted canvas into a painted foam board panel, and then glues life-size photographs onto the board. Benedict’s multi-medium approach evokes the bombardment of information we encounter daily, and our tendency to interpret often disassociated and incomplete data.

Excerpt from

  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 214.

Web Resources

  • Frieze
    Check out a review of Benedict's 2012 exhibition Bonjour Tourist, at Giò Marconi.