Arden Bendler Browning

 

Artist Statement

Everyday life in and around the city, heavily influenced by my role as a homeschooling mother situated in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in the city, has been the common thread throughout the evolutions of my work for the last several years. I have witnessed my city's growth alongside the different phases of parenting which have positioned my own steps, directions, and tempo. I am constantly snatching photographs of textures, contrasts, color and light while going somewhere with my children (or being stuck at home), or keeping one eye on them and another on capturing the world as it exists around us in that second. Like the history shaping the urban environment which has long informed my work, my personal history and location is a significant and relevant filter.

The visual phenomena I encounter at home and in transit are my evolving and developing source of visual vocabulary. The stark contrast between the light and vast sky (that envelops my upper level living space through intentionally huge windows) and the wheatpasted/dug up/dirty/fenced off/leafy/cluttered city streets where I walk and drive with my children informs a dueling viewpoint of my world.

I have a terrible sense of direction, yet I crave travel to new places. Painting provides a similar thrill as traveling to a new place. By searching for something previously unknown, I reference familiar everyday landmarks and waypoints, while simultaneously riding a wave of disorientation. I do not plan a specific outcome.  Brushstrokes, whether drawn carefully or quickly wiped across a surface are also visceral gobs of rich color.   The urban landscape carries a related quality; as full of activity as it is, its many intricacies and perspectives are impossible to fully comprehend.  

Persistent anxiety about time and memory has translated into obsessive documenting everyday moments via the omnipresent smartphone camera. The downsizing of the lived expanse and enlarging from the handheld lens is a fitting mirror to the peculiar shifts between real and virtual, physical/natural and artifice which sharply colors our communal reality at this point in time. By combining elements from all facets of my perception via the distilled and distorted nature of snapshot digital photography (and the compression of image upon image available through social media feeds), my paintings reflect the current obsession with being everywhere at once and squeezing an abundance of information into a compact presentation.   

I look at my endless flow of digital photographs in my hand as I paint, merging elements from many different sources to create something new and unexpected, yet referencing a feeling of place, time, and movement.

 

Bio

Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning creates large abstract paintings referencing urban landscape and multiple perspectives. 

Bendler Browning’s works are included in several public collections including the West Collection, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PNC Tower, and numerous private collections. Her work has been represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery since 2011, through which her work has been included in Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley, and Dallas Art Fair. Bendler Browning’s works have been featured in New American Paintings twice (2009 & 2013), Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Morning News, the artblog, polisblog, Philadelphia Inquirer, Icon Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constutition, and Drawing Magazine, among others. She has been featured in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Arlington Arts Center, Swarthmore College, Delaware Contemporary, Kutztown University, and the James A. Michener Museum. A commissioned permanent work for the City of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia International Airport, awarded through a rigorous competition and selection process, was recently completed in early 2017. Bendler Browning holds a BFA in Art with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (1997), a Master of Studio Art with high distinctions from Sydney College of the Arts/University of Sydney (2000), and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art/Temple University (2003). She studied abroad at Temple University Rome as an undergraduate in 1996 as well as a graduate student in 2003.

 

Resume

EDUCATION: 

MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, 2003

Graduate Seminar in Art Theory/Art Criticism, Temple University Rome, Italy, 2003

MSA in Painting, with High Distinctions, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia, 2000 BFA in Art, 

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997

Study Abroad at Temple University, Rome, Italy, 1996 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

2012    Clickpath, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Upheaval, Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal E, Philadelphia, PA. 

2011    Fall SOLOS, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA.

Splinters, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. 

2010    Wind Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. 

2009    Pattern Language, AHN|VHS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Solo Series 2009, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA. 

2008    Urban Reef, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA. 

2004    Instability, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA. 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 

2015    Summer Show, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2014    Art Silicon Valley, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, San Mateo, CA 

Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

Young & Fun: Abstraction, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2013    Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

Dallas Art Fair, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Booth, Dallas, TX 

Art Miami 2013, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Booth, Miami, FL 

2012    Art Miami 2012, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Booth, Miami, FL. 

Summer Pop Up Gallery, Bridgette Mayer Gallery at Michael Ryan Architects, Loveladies, NJ 

Shifting Speeds, The Painting Center, New York, NY. 

Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

2011    Karmic Abstraction, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 

Collage Perspectives, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment, Fisher-Brooks Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

CONSTRUCT, CFEVA Fellows, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA.

Victory for Tyler: Works on Paper, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA.

Introductions: 2011, CFEVA 2011 CDP Fellows, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA. 

Inliquid at Sundance, Sundance Channel, New York, NY.

Paint Snob 2011, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR. 

2010    Seepages, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

On the Rise, The Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA. 

Paint Snob 2010, Gallery 500X, Dallas, TX. 

2009    Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2009, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. 

Group Show Benefit, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Rack and File: Selected Works from the Flat File, AHN|VHS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 

Crossing Lines, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. 

23rd  International Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.

2008    Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, juror: William Pym, 

Paint Snob Invitational, McLennan Community College CSC Gallery, Waco, TX. 

Sneak Peek, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.

2008    Selections from the 6th Bureau, Tyler Alumni Exhibition, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 

One Planet, One Experiment, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. 

2006    Works on Paper: 2006, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA. 

2004    Junto, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 

Philadelphia Selections: 5, Paley/Levy Galleries, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA. 

Summer Dialogue, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Elizabeth Park.

2003    MFA Biennial: The Future is Now, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE 

 

AWARDS & HONORS: 

2014    Semi-Finalist, Percent for Art commission competition, Philadelphia, PA 

2012    Visiting artist, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

2011    Short-list, West Prize, West Collection, Oaks, PA. 

Fellow, CFEVA Career Development Program, 2011-2012, Philadelphia, PA. 

Finalist, SOLOS, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA.

2010    Winner, Fleisher Challenge Exhibition Series.

2009    Honorable Mention, 23rd International Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.

2004    Visiting Artist, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. 

Resident Artist, Ora Lerman Trust, Laceyville, PA. 

University Fellowship, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

1997    University Honors; College of Fine Arts Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Samuel Rosenberg Award, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.