Campbell Grade and Kelly Benning
The two-person exhibition Headspace Junction revolves around feelings and thoughts one is left with when left alone, while at the same time linking together each moment of pause, each station, each mood interconnected like a railway system. At this junction, seemingly isolated thoughts and feelings are connected by shape and size in the artists’ works entitled “May I Have 100 Moments of Your Time?” and “It’s My Quarantine and I Can Cry If I Want To”, which are tied together literally by fibers, woven together like fate. The connection within each series and to each other illustrates the adage that “no (wo)man is an island unto themselves”.
About the Artists:
Campbell Grade studied painting at Elmira College where she earned a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology. Despite dabbling in other media such as printmaking and wood sculpture, oil painting was by far her favorite form of expression though it has taken her another 3 years after graduation to learn how to do it well. She has shown her artwork at Superfine in DUMBO in the group show “Bubbles, Butts, and Neandra-zons” and at the Gannett-Tripp Library in Elmira in the solo exhibition of “Jag Tycker Om Kaffe” which consisted of six paintings made, unsurprisingly, of coffee on paper.
Kelly Benning studied English, the only language she knows, at Montclair State University, where she also took one course each in painting and book arts. Her fruitless journey in gouache freed her from the burden of leaving her comfort zone in watercolors and acrylics, both of which served her well when she painted many a pet portrait for friends in exchange for beer money. She previously displayed her work during Trenton’s virtual Art All Night in 2020, making Headspace Junction her first “in-person” exhibition.
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