Benicia Gantner: Eos

May 15 – July 23, 2011

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Eos, a solo exhibition by San Francisco Bay Area artist Benicia Gantner. This will be Gantner’s third solo show with Traywick Contemporary.

Benicia Gantner’s reductive landscapes are built from dense layers of hand and computer cut vinyl which she applies to colorful cast-coated papers, acrylic panels and wall surfaces. Typically a material with commercial applications, vinyl furthers her interest in our experience of a natural world that is infused with artifice.

The title of her new body of work, Eos, is a reference to the Greek goddess of the dawn, and to beginnings full of both possibility and portent. In Eos Gantner investigates ways in which forms and systems within the natural world collide with ideas and information from our technological age. Both worlds rely on each other through parasitic and cooperative relationships that collapse into colorful explosions — a mesmerizing visual of a contemporary Big Bang.

In the series “Vis Viva”, she has done away with the gravitationally rooted worlds of her past works. Images burst and reach, and forms join together in unlikely and enmeshed layers. Gantner’s distinctive hybrid imagery, created from mysterious unions of the natural and manmade worlds, springs forth in unpredictable and engaging ways.

Gantner’s work has been shown extensively on the west coast, including recent exhibitions and installations at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Oakland Museum’s City Center exhibition program, Southern Exposure and the Richmond Art Center. Her work is in the collection of notable public collections such as the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; and the Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA.

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