I’ve made a book of the sketches, paintings and photographs I took while traveling across Australia in an RV this past winter (Australian summer!) It is a 104 page, 8′ square hard cover book with 100 pages of full color, mostly full page prints.
Opening Reception: January 6th, 6-9pm during the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Sequences, an exhibition of new work by Carol Mode, in the main gallery. In the rear gallery, All at Once, is an exhibition of new work by Arden Bendler Browning. These artists share commonality in their devotion to abstraction, yet each artist employs her own, unique procedure. These artists’ works are captivating and energetic, demonstrating the lasting allure of abstract painting.
Arden Bendler Browning
All at Once
Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning creates large abstract paintings referencing urban landscape and multiple perspectives. She draws from a wide range of sources as inspiration : the temporality of Impressionism, the gestural energy of Abstract Expressionism, and the combination of disparate forms from Postmodernism.
Travel – whether the everyday paths throughout her urban home base, or the moving landscape from a family road trip – has become the common thread throughout her work. Her paintings reflect on a persistent tension between time and memory, the layering of images, and developing complex representations that allude to the impossibility of fully capturing, knowing, or reaching a destination. She merges seemingly disparate elements, jumbling and layering references of thousands of photographs and gestural studies of light, color, and movement, retaining a feeling of place and time and our movement through both.
Opening reception, January 6, 6:30-8:30
Artist Talk at 5:30
Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
2277 Monitor Street
Dallas, TX 75207
For the traveler of today, smartphones have become the ultimate companion. Replacing the paper
map, Google Maps will give voice instructions on how to get from point A to point B. In place of
the point-and-shoot camera, iPhones and Androids capture high-definition photographs that can be
shared instantly to multiple social networking platforms, letting one share up-to-the-moment travel
updates with friends and family. Visiting any landmark today, the tourist with smartphone in hand
has become a familiar icon.
This modern notion of traveling serves as the impetus for Arden Bendler Browning’s upcoming solo
exhibition of paintings titled All at Once , the artist’s first with Galleri Urbane. Having recently
embarked on a monumental 7,000-mile road trip with her family, the artist created a visual diary of
the trek, taking photographs on her phone and capturing sketches of the moving and evolving
landscape from the seat of her vehicle. Back in the studio, the endless number of images produced
became the source material for the series of paintings. The forms of cities, towns, plains, glaciers, and
hot springs are distorted as they are loosely painted in overlapping layers of vibrant color.
The intensely layered compositions reflect the contemporary obsession of being everywhere at once as made evident in society’s obsessive documentation and sharing of everyday moments with a digital device. Scrolling through our newsfeeds, photos taken and shared from all over the world are compiled and compressed into one place behind glass screens. Bendler Browning captures this
phenomenon by adapting the gestural energy of mid-20 th century abstract painting and transforming
it with 21 st century materials like Flashe paint and acrylic gouache. These materials provide the work
with a matte, chalky finish that allows its multiplicity of layers to exist as one, flattened image to be
experienced all at once. Like a blurred landscape viewed from a moving car window, or the swipe of
images across a screen, Bendler Browning reconfigures the familiar and produces something new
and unexpected that exists somewhere between the real and the virtual.
An opening reception for All at Once will take place at Galleri Urbane Dallas on Saturday,
January 6 th , 2018, from 6:30-8:30 PM, and a conversation with the artist will take place at 5:30 PM.
Based in Philadelphia, Bendler Browning holds a BFA in Art with honors from Carnegie Mellon
University (1997), a Master of Studio Art with high distinctions from Sydney College of the Arts
(2000), and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art (2003). Featured twice in New American
Paintings, her work has also been displayed in exhibitions at galleries and art fairs across the country
and placed in numerous private and public collections. A commissioned permanent work for the
City of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia International Airport, awarded through a rigorous
competition and selection process, was recently installed in February 2017.
Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
2277 Monitor St.
Dallas, TX 75207
My studio will be open to the public during POST’s NE quadrant of Phildelphia, on Sunday, October 8, 12-6.
Stop by to see a variety of work, sketches, and in progress painting.
Crane Arts Building, 1400 N American St., Philadelphia PA 19122, Studio 206.
August 28-September 28, 2017
Knauer Gallery, Swope Music Building
West Chester University Knauer Gallery Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center 817 South High Street West Chester, PA 19383 610-436-2755
Nonstop is announced by Creative Philadelphia
opening reception Wednesday February 1, 4-6:30
University of the Arts Painting Gallery
333 S Broad St.
Anderson Hall, 8th Floor
The Painting Gallery at the University of the Arts is proud to present Carved Time, an exhibition of paintings by Philadelphia artist Arden Bendler Browning. Bendler Browning’s work synthesizes travel with her unique process-based paintings, as a consistent renewal of exploration and discovery. Her use of vibrant and nuanced color, and highly specific brushwork combines abstraction and representation. The paintings transcend her digital sources, guiding the paintings to new unfamiliar places.
Bucks County Courier Times, by Gwen Shrift, December 11, 2016
“Philadelphia Painters”, Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, curated by Mark Mahosky, Professor of Art and Art History
Featuring Arden Bendler Browning, Charles Burwell, Meghan Cox, Sarah Gamble, Barry Goldberg, Neysa Grassi, Jane Irish, Sarah McEneaney, John Moore, Quentin Morris, Michelle Oosterbahn, Bruce Pollock, Celia Reisman, Stuart Shils, Becky Suss, Jackie Tileston, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Joan Wadleigh Curran, Justin Webb
October 20-November 20
Opening reception Thursday October 20, 4-6 PM
“The Death of Impressionism? Disruption and Innovation in Art”, James A. Michener Museum, curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator; Louise Feder, Assistant Curator; and Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Curatorial Fellow in Photography and New Media
Paton|Smith|Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries
Death of Impressionism and Innovation in Art
November 12-February 26, 2017
This commission is part of a restroom renovation project underway in Terminal E of the airport. PHL continues its ongoing restroom renovations in order to best meet the needs and expectations of more than 30 million annual passengers. These renovations will greatly enhance the Airport’s ability to efficiently connect travelers to their destinations, provide world-class amenities, and enrich the public’s airport experience through artwork. This public art commission will create a dynamic and memorable restroom entrance that will enliven the E concourse. $22,000 was allocated for this commission, which is scheduled to be installed in August 2016.
Ms. Bendler Browning will create Nonstop, a 17’ long mural referencing landscape, both literally and through abstraction. It will present viewers with a series of large, active images that, while derived from places in Philadelphia, could be understood as a number of other locations. Ms. Bendler Browning states that the artwork “paints Philadelphia as a thriving hub connecting commerce, recreation, nature, density, and activity through vibrant color, suggested movement through urban and natural space, and a wide range of marks and shapes.”
Arden Bendler Browning is a Philadelphia-based artist. She received her Master’s of Fine Art from the Tyler School of Art. Her work is recognized internationally and is widely exhibited and collected. She is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
This Percent for Art opportunity was nationally announced as an open Call to Artists in September 2014 to artists and artist teams. Out of the 151 applicants, fourteen finalists were selected to present proposals. An independent selection panel consisting of Curator and Writer Judith Stein, Artist Benjamin Volta, and Artist and Curator Richard Watson, with advisory support from Conservator Katherine Cuffari, the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, and Philadelphia International Airport recommended these four projects for commission.
About the Public Art Program – The Percent for Art Program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy commissions exceptional and enduring works of site-specific public art by renowned and emerging artists for City buildings and public spaces. Philadelphia’s public art collection is recognized as the largest and most remarkable in the world. Since 1959, more than 300 works of art have been commissioned through the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Ordinance.