Kaufmann Repetto MilanoVia di Porta Tenaglia 7, 20121 Milano20121 MilanoItalia
From Dec. 10, 2020
to Feb. 27, 2021
Benning’s second exhibition with kaufmann repetto, blow ups features a series of twelve new paintings derived from portions of zoomed-in photographs that benning took while looking carefully at work by artists such as henri matisse, pablo picasso, sigmar polke, lee krasner, paul gauguin, and david wojnarowicz. benning’s process of producing these paintings went through many stages of translation—going from a digital image to a transparency to an outline drawn by hand on wood, to the final, sculptural result, which was cut out with a jigsaw, coated with aqua resin, painted and fit back together.
benning’s sourced works of art were photographed almost as though they were people, the lens moving from feature to feature, zooming into particular areas that look very different when seen in isolation. By blowing up and reimagining parts of larger works by other artists, the cannon is also drawn into question. Blow ups furthemore magnifies the collectivity embedded in all creations— pushing one to consider how capitalism informs our sense of value and meaning. including both canonized and less celebrated artists as source material, benning evaluates how perception is linked inextricably, and often insidiously, to power.