Carol Benisatto, "Harlots and Homegrown Girls"
VIRIDIAN ARTISTS @ CHELSEA
530 West 25th Street #407 betw 10-11Avs. NY, NY 10001 tel/fax 212 414 4040
(C or E train to 23rd St)
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“Harlots & Hometown Girls”
May 18 – June 5
Reception Saturday, May 22, 3 – 6 pm
NYC-Viridian Artists is proud to present an exhibit of recent drawings in mixed media entitled “harlots & hometown girls” by Carol Benisatto. This will be Ms. Benisatto’s second solo exhibit at Viridian Artists’ Chelsea location.
For this exhibit, all of the pieces on display will be women. Hence “Harlots & Hometown girls”. There is the age old conflict, boys will be boys, but women must represent either the innocent or the biblical bad girl. Benisatto’s women can be seen as a little of both. She leaves it up to the viewer to decide.
For Benisatto, drawing is a finished medium rather than solely a vehicle for preliminary studies. The writer, Ed McCormack, has compared her approach to her subjects to be akin to that of artist George Grosz, but with a sympathetic edge. Her works are large gestural drawings of an array of characters whose peculiar beauties are emphasized by their outrageous costumes and telling gestures that the artist has so perfectly captured.
These are unusual portraits of people you feel you might have seen before, maybe a face in a crowd, if only from a distance. Her subjects are models, but the character she brings to them, makes each one colorfully unique and more than ordinary. She demonstrates a portraiture that is filtered through a fresh and contemporary vision. They employ distortion and exaggeration in a way that enables the shapes to be liberated. They can be best described as character portraits.
Benisatto initiates each work with a semi blind contour drawing which allows her to let go of presenting a literal interpretation and then continues to develop the image until it reflects a heightened sense of the energy, emotion and personality of the sitter that suggests the expressiveness of an Alice Neel painting. The figures often float on a blank expanse of white, accentuated by the steel frames. The artist currently resides in Putnam Valley, NY. Her work is in private collections in San Francisco, Virginia, Florida, Montana, New Jersey & New York and has exhibited in numerous juried shows. Her work was also featured in the independent film “failing better now”.
The show continues from may 18 thru june 5, with a Reception on Saturday, may 22, from 4 to 7 pm. Her models will make a special appearance at the reception in costume.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-6:00pm
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