Benett Holgerson

arious colorful abstract shapes, lines, and an abstracted body parts move about two connected trapezoidal canvases
Opalescence Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 40x72"
Chance of Rain 2020 Video
a painting of a dark, vast abstract plane, filled with colorful shapes, pathways, grids, and lights stringing 3 collaged photographic images together in space; a staircase with a bright pane of light, a dark car tunnel turned on its side, and a urinal.
Syzygy 1 2020 Acrylic, oil, and photo collage on canvas 48 x 36”
a painting of a dark, vast abstract plane, filled with colorful shapes, pathways, grids, and lights stringing 3 collaged photographic images together in space; a staircase with a bright pane of light, a dark car tunnel turned on its side, and a urinal.
Syzygy 2 2020 Acrylic, oil, and photo collage on canvas 48 x 36”
The Evil Thing 2020 Video
 gestural painting of a girl with long black hair and a blazer running, lit by a streetlight
Run 2020 Oil on panel 18x24"
Bright green painting with charcoal lines and fast strokes surrounding a small portrait of a girl looking off to the side.
Claire 2020 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 36 x 36"
painting of various colorful biomorphic forms, tendrils, and shapes intertwining with metallic ship-like parts.
Downed Frigate 2020 Oil on canvas 48 x 62"
a painting of abstract swirls of color, clouds, debris, and tendrils of light colliding and intertwining with each other on a gravely, textural background
Meltdown 2020 Oil, spray paint, and charcoal on canvas 24 x 30"
Various pictures (a womans high heeled leg, a womans reflections in a mirror, a young boy wearing a baseball cap) are joined together by lots of abstract shapes and tendrils
You Never Understand Me 2019 Oil, acrylic, mixed media on canvas 36 x 25"
Statement

I use editing as a method to both define a narrative as well as realize it. The initial creation, whether filming, drawing, or painting provides a palette of material, energy source, and foundational structure for me to work back into, refine, develop, and discover what I desire out of the piece. I feel most free allowing my brain to take in and interpret visual information I have already accumulated, and then build the story from there. I am fascinated in the infinitely complex; unique algorithm the brain develops based on physical, emotional, and other personal experiences to form ideas and connections between seemingly unrelated or abstract elements, experiencing through a narrative path it has subconsciously created. Using both painting and video, I force visual elements together compositionally that may not have a direct correlation on their own. Doing so helps me find an intriguing relationship between them, creating a narrative that I couldn’t have conceived of beforehand.