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.
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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

link to Galleri Urbane and press release
All at Once
Arden Bendler Browning 
January 6

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