Love of Prints

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Jun 20, 2020 10:38PM

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art takes a look at what makes a dynamic duo in The Love of Prints, our new online exhibition. As some couples in quarantine are getting more together-time than ever before, other partnered-up lovers are navigating distance, travel bans and Zoom dates amidst a global pandemic. As we continue to strengthen our partnerships and family bonds from home, we're reminded of the golden rules of couples therapy: have fun, listen, and find the positive. Read on to hear from some of the couples on our staff and the art that reminds them of each other.

Hayal Pozanti, A Soft Machine

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Red-Orange/Green

COUPLE: KYLEE & MARK

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EACH OF YOU?

Mark is a Scottish artist and printmaker. When Mark isn't in the studio or working at Takach Press he is spending time hiking, playing music or riding horses. Kylee is the print curator at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. When Kylee isn't at the gallery she is spending time expanding her closet, reading or cooking with Mark.

KYLEE'S PICK FOR MARK: ELLSWORTH KELLY, BLUE/RED-ORANGE/GREEN

Lithographs like this one will always trigger memories of Mark. Because he's such a brilliant printmaker, there is something about them that will forever feel romantic. This Ellsworth Kelly reminds me of long nights in the print workshop with Mark, the smell of ink and the sound of rollers running across inked glass. The colors feel so Los Angeles, a place that has continued to be special to us. Our long conversations on the drive out to the West Coast and our many trips to Gemini, the L.A. lithography workshop where this piece was made.

MARK'S PICK FOR KYLEE: HAYAL POZANTI, A SOFT MACHINE

First of all this was printed at Tamarind Institute. That is significant for several reasons; one being that it is where Kylee's love for prints flourished and also where we met and fell in love. I know she'll be drawn to the piece itself due to the use of flat colours and a playful compiling of shapes. Colour is a big deal for Kylee and the thoughtful use of it in this print is as inspired as the thoughtfully colour-coded curation of her ever-growing closet.

Robert Zakanitch, Untitled - Mostly Mozart '77

Richard Tuttle, A Sunny Day

COUPLE: KYLE & JORDAN

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EACH OF YOU?

Kyle manages Design Warehouse, and co-directs No Land art space. Jordan is the director of Zane Bennett and form & concept, and has also done a lot of freelance arts writing around Santa Fe. In 2014, we founded Strangers Collective with our friend Erikka James. Strangers is an alliance of emerging artists and writers that lead to the establishment of No Land.

JORDAN'S PICK FOR KYLE: RICHARD TUTTLE'S A SUNNY DAY

Kyle primarily makes soft sculpture in his art practice, but he also has this brilliant and idiosyncratic talent for composing collage. His design professor at Rutgers once said of his collages, "You're definitely not a graphic designer, but I really like the way you compose by hand." That's how I feel about Richard Tuttle's prints: he's a sculptor who doesn't possess a designer's eye, but that's what makes his 2D works so weird and wonderful. A Sunny Day, Tuttle's color lithograph from 1991, depicts three scribbled-upon notebook pages atop waves of red smears. The piece hovers between print, painting and collage, and thematically it speaks to a variety of communicational crossfire and comedic confusion that I think would delight Kyle.

KYLE'S PICK FOR JORDAN: ROBERT ZAKANITCH, UNTITLED- MOSTLY MOZART '77

I picked this piece because it was bright. I always think of these bright, sunny things for Jordan. Also, it makes me think of different places that we've been together. I remember lying on the beach in Cape Cod and flipping through a magazine together, and we came upon this story on the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970's and 80's. Robert Zakanitch was one of the founders of that movement, so this piece would've fit perfectly into that story. The greens make me think of our Pacific Northwest adventure, and a trip to a wedding in Virginia. I always associate artworks with places, no matter what the medium or concept might be.

Vik Muniz, Crow (Poem by Poe)

Robert Motherwell, America - La France Variations VI

COUPLE: MARISSA & DAVID

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EACH OF YOU?

David is a dramaturg and theatre professional. He likes to translate plays, build sets and listens to death metal. Marissa is an arts marketer with a chihuahua and a stack of books she’s been meaning to read.

MARISSA'S PICK FOR DAVID: ROBERT MOTHERWELL, AMERICA - LA FRANCE VARIATIONS VI

This piece has always brought up very clear memories for me of our time together in Paris. The ripped edges of the collage and the bright red ink take me to the tabac (a Parisian tobacco shop); I’m leaning in to squint at scribbled prices through shop windows, smelling David’s Lucky Strikes and Gallois and good espresso, we're clearing the crumbs of a saucisson sec sandwich to make room for a glass of red, another coffee, anything to have another five, ten, fifteen minutes under the canopy in the rain, watching the people pass by. And I think Motherwell of all artists would approve of that simple gut reaction—it owes me nothing else, and I couldn’t ask for more.

DAVID'S PICK FOR MARISSA: VIK MUNIZ, CROW (POEM BY POE)

To view the universal through the particular anchors Marissa. It may have started as a joke—Marissa is 4’11”—but I’ve always been drawn to how the tiny things in life light her up. But maybe Muniz is joking a little too—locking away an infamous poem and a silver gelatin within a plain hook-and-latch wooden box. I can also see how half the joy in this piece for her would be the opening and closing of the box...the secret, and the action. It helps to know that Marissa also has the poem memorized and I ask her to recite it on dark and dreary nights!

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