While Black Friday drips with the high-pitched tinge of cheap, early-morning emptiness, Terzian Galleries in Park City has chosen the ideal time and location to allow a deeper bite into a reconciliation of a thinly-veiled holiday season and a visual respite, a veritable soul reparation through the colors and subject matter of painter Lane Bennion. Lane's dedication to not only the representation of spaces (interiors, hotels, malls, carnivals), but also to the meaning of how we relate to those spaces has continued to evolve over his career to this. This series of small works is deceiving in its description, as Lane's larger vision of the "mundane" for most people is like a fluid telescope into a stillness of place, largely represented here by ideas of modern travel and vacation and home life. A vacuum sits on a red carpet, but we are immediately intrigued by 'why'? And to what extent should we be seeing the thick strokes of paint that have made Lane's vacuum both friendly and alien at the same time...perhaps it finally is answered in his title "Lonely Droid." And perhaps not.
This group of 30 paintings seems so intricately connected, but more by paint than by subject, and yet we are forced over and over again back into the painters' mind and into our own, "Am I really seeing what is happening?" Lane's painting has never been a static repetition: he demands our attention to reformulate our visual understanding of the world. "I wanted to do less measuring up front and allow myself to block in shapes and react or carve the forms to eventually fit a composition that I found satisfactory," Lane says of his works. "I always like the challenge of painting something seemingly mundane, passed over or ignored, and elevating it."
Terzian Galleries / 625 Main Street Park City UT / Friday November 25 2016 6-9 PM