Under Light and Leaves

Under Light and Leaves

Contemplative paintings by Michael Benning exploring intimate domestic space
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Showing
Apr 29th - Jun 3rd
Reception
Sat Apr 29th 2PM - 5PM CST
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Tr
Minneapolis ( map )

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In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With each move, the artist carefully explored the new urban landscape through his paintings. Recently, in a desire to examine the familiarity of his domestic space, Banning’s subject has shifted to interiors. While these paintings are formal studies of light, shape and composition, they simultaneously provide an intimate look at the artist’s apartment. Quiet and contemplative, these interior scenes take on an almost voyeuristic point of view.

 

Of these paintings, the artist writes: In the sparsely furnished interior spaces, the presence of inhabitants is implied through the inclusion of house plants and other objects as well as the palpable sense of an embodied viewpoint. Someone dwells here with the simple task of caring for the plants, contemplating the objects, and bearing witness to the passing light. The exterior spaces, seen through open windows, hint at the familiar patterned order of the built environment and its relationship with nature while also allow an escape toward reverie. My intention with this work is to create a quiet and acute space of contemplation that hints at the world that breathes behind things.

 

Over the years, Banning’s oil paintings and drawings have been shown in solo exhibitions across the country, including Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and New York. After ten years of teaching art at colleges throughout the Midwest, Banning and his wife, artist Melanie Pankau, returned to Minneapolis in 2016. Banning now teaches drawing in the Fine Art Department at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

 

The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, April 29th from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Chroma by Charles Lyon. Both shows continue through June 3, 2017.

Image Credit:  Michael Banning Lighted Mirror with Plant, 2017 oil on linen over panel 16 x 20"



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