LMAKgallery, New York
Jane Benson’s work is concerned with division and connection, the disruption of traditional aesthetic processes, and the fractured nature of geo-political territoriality. Her practice extends the boundaries of each object and performer she uses in her work through revealing their dichotomies. Through her videos and sculptures she transcends an objects initial form and function and the severity of her interventions allow Benson to not only transform the objects but to reveal a poignant identity. The work resultantly imbues each object or performer with a unique role or function by which, in turn, the viewer is introduced to a whole new spectrum of being.
Jane Benson is a Brooklyn based artist who works in sculpture, video and performance. Born in the UK, Benson received her BFA from Edinburgh College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to Chicago on a Fulbright Scholarship and later to New York where she now lives and works. Benson is currently teaching at Cornell University, in the Department of Art.
Benson has exhibited in national and international venues including MoMA PS1, New York; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut; Queens Museum, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Bury Museum, England; San Jose Museum Of Art, San Jose and North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina. Solo exhibitions and performances have been held at Henry Street Settlement: Abrons Arts Center, New York; Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York; Black & White Gallery, New York and Roebling Hall Gallery, New York.
Benson has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Pollack-Krasner Grant, the Fulbright Scholarship, two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residencies, the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, Florida, the Artists Alliance Inc., Studio Residency, New York. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, the New Yorker, BOMB magazine, Timeout New York and the Miami Herald among others.
Popel Coumou builds her own reality. Layer after layer she has always made two dimensional collages of photographs, paper, clay, photographs and many other materials. The pieces are carefully lit from the back and captured with an analogue camera, giving it a third dimension and bringing it to the border of reality and fiction, and photography and painting. In her earlier work, her pieces mainly take place inside spaces such as abandoned hotels and dusty hallways where the light governs straight lines.
Now her analogue photographs have become more abstract. She now looks at the horizon as a point of orientation, as well abstraction. She interprets physical limits of vision as one of the origins of abstract art, echoing steps taken by her illustrious predecessors from De Stijl, such as Mondrian and Van der Leck. Popel now combines landscape photography and paper with abstract lines to create new detailed compositions. She brings us the world in its purest state.
Popel Coumou is a Dutch photographer whose work has been collected and shown by Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Het Domein, Foam, Huis Marseille, Statoil, the Dutch Ministry, AMC and Dela. Recently her work is shown in Art Centre Mechelen, Belgium and at Photo Dubai. Her work has been recognized through such prices as the Foam Talent, Mercure Cultuur price, won the Hyères Photography competition and nominated for the Paul Huf Award. Her commissions include a catalogue for Hermes at Villa Poiret Mallet-Stevens @ ADAGP, Hotel Mercure in the Hague, and the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.