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Amy Bennett
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Amy Bennett, "Sleepy Town," 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 28"

Continuing through October 15, 2016

"Small Changes Every Day" is at once the title and the methodology of Amy Bennett's new paintings. She renders an invented landscape and the ensuing town that develops, drawing us in a holding our focus as we examine minute details and variations in painting style within a given work. The paintings depict the same town viewed from varying perspectives and are, in fact, of an expansive 3D model of this invented locale. Bennett began with the landscape, carving mountains and hills, then populating the scene with wire and foam trees.

The empty landscape is depicted in numerous paintings, and can be seen in the background of the paintings of the town. She fabricated over 450 buildings at a 1/500 scale, filling an eight-foot square platform. Her progress is effectively documented through the paintings. While the model from which the paintings were inspired is not exhibited, seeing its photograph in the catalog puts the whole project into perspective and makes it even more impressive.

Published Courtesy of ArtSceneCal ©2016

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