First Street Gallery is pleased to present a selection of recent, intimate paintings. Benton has been exploring her immediate surroundings: garden flowers; ordinary images of domestic life, a plate, butter knife and jam jar; friends in front of her studio window as well as her old, three-legged dog.
Benton invites us into her world to experience the objects and their shadow images. She captures the vitality of these intimate landscapes of color and light through their opposite, shadow. Shadows are moving shapes … they exist illuminated by light but are themselves the very absence of light, ghostly perceptions of what exists. Yet, they are quiet voids that disguise themselves as their surrogate, yet disappear with the light.
Benton’s last show, ‘On Dance’ was about movement, heat and color. This current work is about light, stillness, silence and memory.
This is Benton’s twentieth show in New York and the United States. She is in many private collections here and abroad.