Forgotten History, 2017

Forgotten History, 2017


Arden Browning

Forgotten History, 2017

Flashe, acrylic, acrylic medium, acrylic ink, and acrylic gouache on panel

60h x 60w in

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With each new day, familiar landscapes are turned inside out through jolting “unprecedented” occurrences – the latest public events as well as the intimate developments within a household.      

Much like the history that shapes the urban environment that has long informed my studio practice, my personal history and geography is a significant filter for my work. I record what I see continuously – photographs of urban contrasts, color, and light – sometimes at home, often in transit, one eye on my children, the other eye capturing a part of the world in that instant.   Travel – whether the everyday paths throughout my urban home base, or the moving landscape from my lengthy, diverse road trips with my family – has become the common thread throughout my work.    

My paintings reflect the current obsession with being everywhere at once by squeezing an abundance of visual information into a compact visual language.   Persistent tension about time and memory has translated to obsessively documenting everyday moments with an omnipresent smart phone. Downsizing and enlarging expanses captured from a handheld lens mirrors the shifts between real and virtual – natural and artificial. It colors, distills, and distorts life sharply.   Further layering of image upon image develops visually complex representations and also alludes to the impossibility of fully capturing, knowing, or reaching a destination. 


Bendler Browning’s works are included in several public collections including the West Collection, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PNC Tower, and numerous private and corporate 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. Her work is also represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas and Tinney Contemporary in Nashville. Bendler Browning’s works have been featured in New American Paintings twice (2009 & 2013), Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Morning News, the artblog, Philadelphia Inquirer, Icon Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 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 James A. Michener Museum, and more. 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, Italy, as both an undergraduate and a graduate student in 1996 and 2003.