Benicia Gantner & Kim
new work by the two California
artists, who work directly on gallery walls, addressing issues of landscape and
spatial relationships. For this
exhibition each artist will occupy one half of the Center’s main gallery,
Gallery A, and each will be constructing a new site specific work for the
works are composed of cell cast acrylic and adhesive vinyl. Using a computer driven cutter, she creates a
palette of colors and shapes in vinyl from which she assembles her work. For this exhibition she will be constructing
a site-specific wall piece, as well as exhibiting a series of large panel
pieces. Gantner’s work explodes with
color and form - landscapes that disobey natural laws and suggest new orders
exhibition, all of Kim Schoenstadt’s work will be painted and drawn directly on
the three walls of one half of Gallery A.
This single piece, a series of related wall drawings, consists of each
referencing the same architectural and landscape elements, with solid fields of
color filling different areas on each rendering. This work confronts the issues related to
architecture in its relation to landscape.
About the Artists
Benicia Gantner is a San Francisco-based artist, who has
shown in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the
Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1998.
Kim Schoenstadt is a Los Angeles-based artist who has
recently been exhibited in Berlin, Eindhoven and San
Jose. An installation of hers is currently on display
the Museum of Contemporary
Art in Chicago,
as well. She received her BFA from Pitzer
College in 1995.
about the artists and their work, including images, can be found at their
I have been
following Kim Schoenstadt’s work for a number of years, and only in the past
year was I introduced to Benicia Gantner’s work. The Center had been looking
for an opportunity to exhibit Shoenstadt’s work, upon encountering Gantner’s
work, a connection was immediate, fortuitous and necessary. Both artists challenge traditional notions
of painting and drawing, by working
directly on gallery walls, their work rejects the longevity of objects and
through their use of non-traditional materials and techniques, they open
themselves up to new potentials of form, color and space.
is intended to be a conversation between the work of two artists that have
their ancestral roots in more traditional two-dimensional wall works, but who
are experimenting with new forms and interpretations.
Astor, Visual Arts Director, Angels Gate Cultural Center