The sculpture Face Off (2018) by Lynda Benglis is unveiled on May 27th 2018

At the seasonal opening, May 27th, 2018, a new site-specific sculpture at Kistefos-Museet will be unveiled, made by the American artist Lynda Benglis (born 1941). Benglis is an iconic artist with an oeuvre spanning nearly 50 years. Benglis has been groundbreaking from the beginning, both in terms of materials, colors, media and design.

Lynda Benglis made herself noted in the late 1960s in New York, with a series of groundbreaking works in liquid rubber latex and PVC foam. Benglis was a powerful and innovative voice in an otherwise male-dominated American art environment.

The early works took the form of organic masses made flat on floors like poured paintings or molded up against walls as biomorphic sculptural shapes. With these artworks, Benglis challenged the boundary between painting and sculpture, focusing on materiality, surface, mass and form.

Benglis extends these ideas to bronze and other metals. Possibly, her distinctive expression is amplified through the radical transformation the material undergoes: Soft becomes hard, hard is experienced as soft, and gestures and movements are frozen. Within the ambiguous forms, abstraction achieves content. The forms become meaningful beyond the inherent properties of the material and are perceived as metaphorical forms. It is in this diverged space that the sculpture at Kistefos emerge.



Photo: Lynda Benglis at Modern Art Foundry, 2015, Photo Sebastian Kim, Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

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