Myles Bennett, ‘The Captive’, 2016, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY
Myles Bennett, ‘The Captive’, 2016, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY
Myles Bennett, ‘The Captive’, 2016, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY
Myles Bennett, ‘The Captive’, 2016, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY

The Captive showcases a single, large-scale 10 x 16-foot ink and watercolor painting that welcomes the viewer to discover figuration within the work – a figure that is revealed to the artist himself through a process spanning all the intensity, euphoria, tedium and turbulence of an intimate relationship. The Captive invites the viewer to explore a deeper relationship with the piece, taking the time to contemplate it on a 1:1 level.

As ink and pigment are applied to a saturated stack of un-primed and un-stretched layers of canvas, movement and texture emerge in a process that is at once geological and profoundly personal. The layers and surface are worked and re-worked – soaked, suctioned, scratched, and sprayed – to facilitate the figure’s emergence. The resulting effect is similar to entering a luminous French garden of hidden spaces where multiple, playful excursions are possible. She appears, trapped but excavated, pulled through the layers, as though in a fugue state. The Affairs series suggests an emotional entanglement, referencing the artist’s own relationship with the painting and the intrigue of developing and discovering the figure within it.