Current Motion, First New York Solo Exhibit of Hawaiian Artist, Carol Bennett Opens in Public Art Space in Manhattan

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Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present Current Motion, the first New York solo exhibit of Kaua'i artist, Carol Bennett. The exhibit is in a public art space at Saint Peter’s Church, Narthex Gallery at 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street). The exhibit will run through October 17th. Carol's work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout California and Hawaii including a 2007 solo show at the First Hawaiian Center at the Contemporary Museum of Art (Honolulu). Her work is in public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum of Art (Hawaii), and The Persis Collection.

Current Motion at Saint Peter's Church in New York City

“The floor beneath the pool, its ethereal skylight, was an underwater observation room...used by Olympic coaches in the 1920's. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer's private time and drawing in their beauty. I became the swimmer I observed

Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present Current Motion, a solo exhibit of new and recent works by Kauai artist, Carol Bennett in a public art space at Saint Peter’s Church, Narthex Gallery, in New York. This public art space is located at 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street). The exhibit runs through October 17th.

A special reception with Carol Bennett will take place on Thursday, September 16th from 6-8 pm.

Current Motion is a poetic retreat from ordinary life and into a meditative voyage below the surface, and specifically below the surface of the Ocean. The viewer will experience being in a state “flow” – where the currents of the ocean suspend life and self, and the unexpected floats to the surface. The exhibit will focus on her paintings portraying swimmers and underwater creatures.

For Carol, the act of swimming underwater is similar to the process of painting – the body floats and the mind drifts. Carol’s fascination with the swimmer imagery began when she was living in Los Angeles and swimming at the LA Athletic Club.

According to Carol, “The floor beneath the pool, with its ethereal skylight, was an underwater observation
room...used by Olympic coaches in the 1920's. I would feel like a voyeur, watching the swimmer's private time and drawing in their beauty. I became the swimmer I observed in the images I later created.”

Like the water and the worlds she captures, Carol’s paintings are multi-layered surfaces that are intricate, textured and unpredictable. She is constantly experimenting with her work whether it’s adding, subtracting, sanding and recoating or testing new “canvases.”

To date, Carol has created artwork on surfaces including glass, recycled sailboat sails and wood panel. And she experiments with a range of materials including ink, oil and acrylic paints, mica, coffee, pigment and wax. These combinations and processes create images that are of the moment and unique to every painting.

This is Carol Bennett’s first solo exhibit outside of Hawaii and Los Angeles.

A special Reception with Carol Bennett will take place on Thursday, September 16th from 6-8pm at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York. The exhibit will run through October 17, 2010. Exhibit hours are Daily 8 am – 8pm.

A portion of all gallery sales are donated to charities helping underserved children heal through art. We currently support Free Arts NYC and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids.

What: Current Motion – solo exhibit of new and recent works by Carol Bennett
When: Now through October 17, 2010
Artist Reception: Thursday, September 16th 6-8pm
Where: Saint Peter’s Church, Narthex Gallery, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), New York, NY 10022.
Hours: Daily 8am – 8pm

About Carol Bennett
Carol Bennett has lived and painted on the island of Kauai for the last 20 years. After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara (College of Creative Studies) and the Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles), Carol became a scenic artist, painting stage sets for theater, film and TV. It was this experience that has driven Carol’s continuous exploration into texture, layering and the use of new and innovative materials.

According to Carol, “I have a free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…I am intrigued by the innate nature of different types of material… the nature of things”

Carol's work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout California and Hawaii including a 2007 solo show at the First Hawaiian Center at the Contemporary Museum of Art (Honolulu). Carol’s recent project was a monumental, public art work, “Water as a Point of Departure” for the Nawiiwili Harbor in Oahu. She has completed over 100 commissions nationally and internationally, including Beverly Hills, California; Nairobi, Kenya; and Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as Public Art works throughout Hawaii. Her work is in public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum of Art (Hawaii), The Persis Collection, Blair and Fazle Hussain (NY), Patricia and Peter Gall, Jr. (NY) and Timothy Ring (NJ).

Elisa Contemporary Art has been representing her artwork outside of Hawaii since 2008.

About Elisa Contemporary Art
Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and established contemporary artists, many of whom have work in the permanent collections of major museums and corporations. Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art represents the work of artists who have a strong emotional and spiritual connection to nature, and the environment.

The gallery is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. A portion of every sale is donated to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art. Free Arts NYC and Creative Arts Workshops for Kids are currently supported.

Elisa Contemporary Art exhibits at International Air Fairs, curates public and private exhibits, and has a gallery space at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY (and is Riverdale’s only Contemporary Art Gallery). . Gallery Hours: Friday/Saturday 10-6pm and by appointment.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com or contact: Lisa(at)elisaart(dot)com or
212.729.4974

About Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church has a commitment to bringing world-class arts and culture into its public space in New York City. It is the home to an all-white Louise Nevelson sanctuary, Dale Chihuly glass sculpture, numerous Jazz concerts and the York Theater Company. They are located at 619 Lexington Avenue (54th Street), New York, NY 10022.

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