Sadie Benning’s recent foray into abstract painting is represented here by the new work Locating Centers. Based on drawings the artist made on the iPhone, blown up in scale, hand-cut, and painted, the 40 paintings meditate on the relationships between analogue and digital processes.
Benning described the series as being inspired by the International itself: “I was thinking about being in this international group show, being in Pittsburgh, and how there is no center to such a show—that there is a multiplicity of centers that interlock and overlap. So I was thinking of that in a conceptual way, about the body, and trying to find a middle, and also how that relates to narrative—a beginning, a middle, and an end, as well as a transitional connection between sequences.”
These themes of inside and outside, and the body as a metaphor, are explored across four separate sequences that comprise one whole.