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Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett maintains a multimedia practice consisting of photography, video, drawing, text, sculpture, installation, and often collaborates with musicians and writers. Her work traces the female subject and its historic irrelevance, focusing on representation in contemporary culture. By disrupting assumptions, she attempts to realign and reframe, even recreate, the relegated, feminine tinged space. Bennett’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including six solo exhibitions in New York City with the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. Bennett’s solo exhibition, The Uncovered Works of Hannah Berman was hosted by the Eva Hober Gallery in Paris, France and her works have been exhibited at Graffit Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Austria, and Gallieri S.E. in Norway among others. She has participated in FIAC Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France; LOOP Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain; and ROMA Contemporary Arts Fair, Rome Italy. Her work has been the subject of numerous reviews in varied publications, such as Artnet, Art Review Magazine, Art Press, ArtPapers, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and Hyperallergic. A monograph of Bennett’s work was published in conjunction with Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York in 2010 called, Sidetrack: (Snapshots, Outtakes and Polaroids 2001-2008), covering eight years of work with essays by feminist art historian and critic Jenni Sorkin and former Boston MFA curator and current custodian of the Holtzer Family Foundation, William Stover. Bennett earned a BA and BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and an MFA at Hunter College in New York. Her work is represented by Gallieri S.E. in Norway and Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, MO. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she joined the faculty as the Louis D. Beaumont Visiting Artist Fellow in 2013.
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Work by Heather Bennett

A photograph of two people, both in green dresses: the person to the left is seated on a chair, holding hands with the person to the right, who stands in a defiant pose, their left hand on their waist. Their outerwear is tied in a knot and draped on their shoulders. Both people look directly at the camera. In the background, a grassy green field and more bushes and trees beyond.

Pine Valley, 2018

42” x 63”. archival digital print on platine rag. edition of 3.
Works (white images against a black background) displayed in a gallery, whose walls are black. On the left hand wall are two tall rectangular frames/pieces (one of which is MS (Head)), placed far apart. In between them against the wall is a black bench, placed on a grid of tiled metallic/reflective panels. To the right is a larger piece (Night Watch) in landscape orientation. The floor is (likely) concrete, a light gray.

Midnight Special, 2020

Installation view at Monaco Gallery.
Against a black wall, on a black background in a tall, rectangular black frame, faint white lines that may resemble some kind of clothing or detail. Against the wall is a black bench on a light-hued floor with some reflective, possibly metal panels. On one of the panels is a black book.

Installation view, showing MS (Head) and Desire is About Vanishing, 2020

MS (Head), 2018, 25” x 12.5”, drawing. Desire is About Vanishing, 2020, leather chaise, mirrors, book.
Delicate white lines trace out the shape of some kind of material/organic matter/clothing on a black background.

Night Watch, 2019

50 x 84". ink and graphite on black rag.
A collage of a winding, green texture; a hand wrapped around whose arm is dark hair; and long, white (possibly peacock) feathers. Dividing the composition lengthways is a black leather strap.

White Wedding, 2020

10” x 8”. collage with leather strap.
A video projection — the white light partially covered by a folded, textured dark material (likely leather), whose edges are ragged — positioned against a white background/wall.

Drawn, 2020

42 x 24". leather, video projection.
Bennett thelovedoneforjlm 2016

The Loved One for JLM, 2016

from “Photos of Gifts” series, digital print on platine rag, 42” x 63”,edition of 3.
Bennett somebodywithalittlehammerforjlm 2017

Somebody with a Little Hammer for JLM, 2017

from “Photos of Gifts” series, digital print on platine rag, 42” x 63”, edition of 3.
Bennett silkshirtforjlm 2017

Silk Shirt for JLM, 2017

from “Photos of Gifts” series, digital print on platine rag, 42” x 63”, edition of 3.
Bennett, heather ontheroad 2013

On The Road, 2013

42” x 42”, (approx. 44” x 44” framed), digital print on premium luster, edition of 3.
Bennett, heather crush 2011

Crush, 2011

42" x 63" (framed approx. 44" x 65"), digital print on Somerset Velvet, edition of 3.
Bennett, heather mariomauroneraustria installationshot 2021

HBB for Krista, 2021

Installation shot at Mario Mauroner Galery, Austria
Bennett, heather hbbkrista 2020

HBB for Krista, 2020

from “Photos of Gifts” series, digital print on platine rag, 42” x 63”, edition of 3.