Starkwhite is delighted to present Lost and Found, a solo exhibition of new landscape paintings by Whitney Bedford, from 15 March to 9 April 2016.
Over the last several years Bedford has developed a deeply personal iconography. Her paintings, which she often describes as votives, are visual evocations of potent emotional and psychological states. Most recently she has been exploring the idea of the Sublime, particularly as described by Edmund Burke in his 1757 treatise on aesthetics: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful. Bedford’s paintings straddle the tension between the sublime and the beautiful, qualities that Burke describes as complimentary. “Sublime objects are vast in their dimensions, beautiful ones comparatively small: beauty should be smooth and polished; the great [sublime], rugged and negligent…” In Bedford’s paintings, these oppositional forces appear in the volatile interaction between her precise, almost x-ray ink drawings on canvas and her tempestuous, forceful application of oil paint to their compositions.
Bedford’s exhibition will include a series of uniformly scaled paintings addressing the desert landscapes of her adopted environment. These images of a tropical desert form an exploration of the sublime, of Eden, of the origins of awe in nature, that hints at the cinematic. They embody contradictions of dark and light, of the real and imagined, becoming dangerous and serene. She also presents two shipwreck paintings rendered with her exemplary draftsmanship and painterly exuberance, where ink drawing interacts with and is subsumed by oil paint to form mercurial compositions.
Bedford received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. She was the winner of the 2001 UCLA Hammer Museum Drawing Biennale and received a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship from Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin in 1999. She has had solo exhibitions at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL; Cherrydelosreyes Gallery, Los Angeles; D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York; Art Concept, Paris, and Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York; Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Bedford’s work is included in the Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; the De La Cruz Collection, Miami, Florida, USA; The Saatchi Collection, London, England; the Francois Pinault Collection, Paris, France; the Eric Decelle Collection, Brussels, Belgium; and the Collection Ginette Moulin/Guillaume Houze, Paris, France. Lost and Found is Bedford’s third solo exhibition at the Starkwhite.
Press release courtesy Starkwhite.
This is the third Auckland exhibition by LA artist Whitney Bedford, presenting paintings of clippers sailing in turbulent seas - a metaphor for her own emotional inner life - and in other works, the distinctive details and outlines of Californian vegetation. She works with flat pastel backgrounds, intricately detailed botanical textures rendered...