Pop-up exhibition in Iceland

So happy to share the shape-searching and invite you to a quick pop-up presentation in here, Iceland.

Residency in Iceland

I exceeded the time of uncertainty, swam upstream, or flew against the wind, and arrived. I arrived to ArtsIceland residency.

This Spring -> Own Room

A lockdown in my own studio is the best.  

THINKING IN LAYERS, WORLDING IN LAYERS: POSTHUMAN LANDSCAPES IN EXTENDED DRAWINGS AND PRINTS

Abstract 

I am using the printmaking and drawing artist’s way of thinking as a method of creating artistic research. Thinking in layers becomes a way of creating both: the artefacts and the writing. The emphasis of the artistic research is divided in two extending and overlapping categories: first, conceptually worlding the post-capitalist landscapes – this becomes the study-case of the second and most imporant focus: the innovation of the formal indermedial method when creating hybrid art.

 Conceptually, I work with and depict dystopic urban landscapes. I stage the far future to show the present as a ruin of once optimistic desires. How to shift the look, the sense and how to relate to contemporary  situations? As an artist, for me the most important question is not “Why?” or “How?” but imagining “What if …?”. What if humankind is extinct and nature has reconquered urban landscapes? What if there is the possibility of another kind of life on the capitalist ruins? The global pandemic we are having right now shows really clearly that being pessimistic about economic progress is the new way of survival. As an artist I stage fictions about the future  addressing environmental concerns, and sensing a dystopic scenery.  I also look at contemporary architecture with nostalgia, with Ruinenlust. Looking at urban landscapes, well-known buildings or districts as if they were really old leftovers from an ancient civilisation called human beings gives me the key to a new way of thinking and imagining. My artistic practice provides a new possibility or a tool to shift the discourse into other dimensions like creating or staging an experience and atmosphere in an exhibition space. Messing up the timescale and layering meanings is my conceptual method of worlding. Combining new and old – using or seeing old with a new look or looking  at the contemporary as something ancient-  reflects also in the art media I am working with.

 Formally, I am constantly cross-breeding older crafts and newer techniques and technologies, deconstructing the hierarchies in art, redefining the artfields by hybrizations and extensions. What if drawing or printmaking mates three-dimensional animation experienced as an orchestrated community, layered on top of each other, as a dream? How would a hand-drawn line or printed furrow be seen or touched in the virtual space? A fresh and unknown territory could be discovered when combining traditional, handmade, very tactile material art such as a pencil or charcoal drawing, or an etching with augmented, postphysical media. Depicting also old and new objects, or imagining new as very old reflects in the materials used. Layering and extending media gives a fresh new perspective to the dystopic scenery. Asking the “what if” question echoes in the extension of drawing – “What happens if a drawing becomes animated? What if a drawing becomes a print, becomes an animation, becomes a three dimensional virtual reality?”

I think like a printmaker, thinking in layers, adding conceptual and technical layers. I also write in layers – a story through another story through another story. New realities, new ways of seeing and being occur.

 

 

BRITTA BENNO CV

brittabenno@gmail.com

Birth date and place: 13/11/1984, Tallinn, Estonia

 

Education:

2018 – Estonian Academy of Arts, Art and design department, PhD-in-practice

2007 – 2011 Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts department, Graphic Art, MA

2003 – 2007 Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts department, Graphic Art, BA

02/2006 – 07/2006 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Fine Arts department, prof.G.Damisch

 

Solo exhibitions:

06/2019 “Dystopic Tallinn”, Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

08/2017 “Multitasking”, Kuku Klubi, Tallinn, Estonia

1/2017 “Trapped“, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

12/2015 “Multitasking“, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

01/2013 “Tilting at Windmills“, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

08/2012 “Experiments“ at the art festival „Estomania“, Gallery Bergman, Helsinki, Finland

05/2012 miniature exhibition “Blow Away Bad Things“, Pop-up Gallery Tank travelling:

Tallinn, Estonia (different locations) ; International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts

Novosibirsk, Russia; Camp Pixelache, Helsinki, Finland

07/2006 “Experiments”, Club Zeitmaschine, Vienna, Austria

01/2005 “Several Stories”, Gallery Aatrium, Tallinn, Estonia

 

Selected group exhibitions:

02/2019 “Wiiralt Prize 2019”, The National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

12/2018 “A Is Missing”, trio-exhibition during artist-in-residency program, Kulturdrogerie, Vienna, Austria

12/2018 “KulturKontakt Austria Artist-in-Residence Exhibition 4/2018”, Bundeskantzleramt, Vienna, Austria

11/2018 “Estonia 100 in Latvia”, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia

9/2018 “Scala cromatica”, Budapest, Hungary

05/2018 17th Annual Exhibition of Estonian Artists´Association “Spring Exhibition“, Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia

3/2018 “Living.Space”, curated graphic art group exhibition,  Red gallery, Melbourne, Australia; participating also with a lecture “Contemporary Estonian Printmaking Practices”

08/2017 “Other side of reality“, curated graphic art group exhibition, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia

06/2017 “Tests“, curated group exhibition, Draakoni gallery, Tallinn

06/2017 “Mirror – Face to Face“, Estonian and Italian graphic art, Palazzo Cordellina, Vicenza, Italy

2/2017 ”EST + LT + DE => Grafik: Up-to-date Graphic Art from Estonia, Lithuania and Germany”, GEDOK Karlsruhe, Germany

9/2016 Muhu Print workshop exhibition “Proof Print“ – curating and participating, Hungarian Institute, Tallinn

7/2016 Printmaking In festival 2016 “Wo-men“, Pärnu Town Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia

6/2016 Ladyfest Tallinn 2016 “Political Dress“, artist-run space Kraam, Tallinn, Estonia

5/2016 16th Annual Exhibition of Estonian Artists´Association „Spring Exhibition“, Kunstihoone, Tallinn

8/2015 Tallinn V Drawing Triennal “Black and White“, organiser and participation, Kunstihoone, Tallinn

8/2015 Organiser of the international workshop and the exhibition, participation: “Muhu Print“, Hungarian Institute, Tallinn

8/2015 International printmaking exhibition “Sky is falling“, Pärnu Linnagalerii, Pärnu

6/2015 Exhibition of The Association of Estonian Printmakers “The Suprised Eye“, Yerevan, Armenia

2/2014 16th Tallinn Printing Triennal “Literacy – Illiteracy“, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn

8/2012 Tallinn IV Drawing Triennial “Dialogue”, Viinistu Art Museum, Viinistu

05/2012 Project curator and participation: “Exquisite Corpse“, Gallery Metropol, Tallinn

1/2012 Project curator and participation: “Shovelled up“ – part of Tartu III International Printmaking Festival, Tampere House´s Gallery, Tartu

3/2011 Non-Fibonacci group graphic art exhibition “Dirty Sexy Graphic”, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn

1/2011 “For Love Not Money”, 15th Tallinn Print Triennal, international exhibition: artist books; mail art project participation; participating with artgroup Non-Fibonacci; participating with art group Grafodroom, Kumu, Tallinn

1/2011 “For Love Not Money. For Beginners”, independent part of 15th Tallinn Print Triennal, curating and participating, with art group Grafodroom, East Gallery, Tallinn

10/2007 14th Tallinn Print Triennal “Political/Poetical”, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

 

Selected bibliography:

Uus Eesti graafika: Britta Benno, Lilli-Krõõt Repnau,  Müürileht 12/ 2017 https://www.muurileht.ee/uus-eesti-graafika-britta-benno/

Elu võimalikkus masinavärgis ja Britta Benno loomingus, Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, Vikerkaar 3/2017

Rõõmus, kurb, vaba ja spontaanne, Vappu Thurlow, Sirp, 31.03.2017 : http://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/roomus-kurb-vaba-ja-spontaanne/

Mirror-Face to Face. Catalogue of 2017 Italian and Estonian Artists exhibition, 2017, Nerocmo, Itaalia

 

Art studio:

2009 – … establisher and member of an independent art and graphic studio Grafodroom

 

Membership:

2015-… organizer of Muhu Print – workshop and gathering event for graphic artists

2011 –… member of The Association of Estonian Printmakers

2013 -… memeber of The Estonian Artists´Association

 

Printmaking and Fine Art teacher:

2006 – … Fine art teacher in Collegium Educationis Revaliae, Old Town Art House, Tallinn

2008 – … Printmaking and Drawing courses in Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn

 

Scholarship:

2007 laureate of scholarship of E.Valtman

 

Residency:

2018 Kulturkontakt Austria artist-in-residency program, Vienna, Austria

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