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SELECTED WORKS BY Whitney Bedford

In Deep
Whitney Bedford
In Deep

2005

Ink and oil on panel

Each panel 122 x 183 cm
Two steam ships sail in apparently opposite directions. Having passed each other, they remain coupled by a strange, luminous swell – a huge wave, a patch of fog, or a spillage perhaps. The horizon effectively eliminated, sky and ocean merge to draw the viewer into their depth. Whitney Bedford’s seascapes, not unlike those of other artists working today such as Cy Twombly and Tacita Dean, return to and reinterpret J.M.W. Turner’s nineteenth-century legacy of the sublime.
Hit
Whitney Bedford
Hit

2005

ink and oil on panel dyptich

86 x 122 cm
A tall ship is in distress on a heaving sea, listing dangerously and losing its cargo overboard. The rigging, a fragile, ink-drawn tangle of ropes, is collapsing under the might of waves of incandescent oil paint that pummel its glowing hull from all sides. "Sometimes," the artist has stated, "it is the paint itself that sinks the images." The shipwreck as a motif appears recurrently in Whitney Bedford’s work as a metaphor for a more contemporary squall - the turbulent political and social situation in which we live today.
Two Blue
Whitney Bedford
Two Blue

2005

ink and oil on panel

122 x 183 cm
Two ships fill the picture field, their masts all but obscured by streaks of oil. One sits calmly on the water’s surface as the other, trailing a fog of dark paint, lurches high above it as if in the act of sinking. It is not clear if these are two different ships, one perhaps ramming the other in an act of hostility, or in fact the same single ship portrayed in successive positions as it slips beneath the waves. Whitney Bedford paints such scenes from her own imagined memories of situations, places and events.
Untitled (Carioca)
Whitney Bedford
Untitled (Carioca)

2005

ink and oil on panel

71.1 x 94 cm
A large sailing ship is ablaze in sight of land. From a wild, apocalyptic sky, burning cinders fall like the residue of spent fireworks, scattering in the water. The palette is one of desperation, emergency, of struggle between the cool blue waves that consume the ship from beneath, and the flaming oranges that lick its sails above. Another, more strategic battle, meanwhile, is being played out in the same composition; the fight between pictorial representation and abstraction that dominates Whitney Bedford’s work.
Untitled (Daylighting)
Whitney Bedford
Untitled (Daylighting)

2005

ink and oil on panel

152.4 x 213.4 cm
Beneath an acrid, chemical yellow sky, a huge surge of cobalt seawater smashes one ship into another. Friend or foe? Marine battle or tragic accident? It is impossible to tell. Working within the historical framework of an classic academic convention, the marine landscape, Bedford uses fierce, disorderly colours and a highly expressive painterly technique to capsize tradition and create hybrid images of great power and emotion.
Untitled (Encontros e Despendidas)
Whitney Bedford
Untitled (Encontros e Despendidas)

2005

ink and oil on panel

122 x 183 cm
The ghostly apparitions of two tall vessels, pass, quite literally, like ships in the night. A burning streak of orange paint along the water line of one is the only sign of life. Atop a calm, black sea their masts and rigging appear skeletal against a streaky night sky as the boats seem almost to pass through one another. The title of a well-known bossanova folk song, Encontros e Despendidas (’meetings and goodbyes’) provides an appropriately romantic subtitle for this otherworldly composition.

Whitney Bedford's BIOGRAPHY

Whitney Bedford
Born in 1976 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Lives in Los Angeles, California



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
Love Letters, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

2013
This for That, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand

2011
Whitney Bedford, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Whitney Bedford (here and there), Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand

2009
Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Whitney Bedford, Art: Concept, Paris, France

2007
Whitney Bedford: The Escape Artist Series, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Art: Concept, Paris, France

2005
D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Cherry Del Reyles, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Art :Concept, Paris, France

2000
Whitney Bedford, Hotel de Ville, Biot, France

1999
Whitney Bedford, Fulbright-Kommission, Berlin, Germany

1998
Whitney Bedford, BEB gallery, Providence, RI

1997
Whitney Bedford, Sokolofska 124 Space, Prague, Czech Republic


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Lovers, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand

2011
Everything Must Go: A Project with Cermaica Suro Guadalajara, Mexico
Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jose Noe Suro and Eduardo Sarabia

2010
The Gleaners:Works from the Sarash and Jim Taylor Collection, Myhren Gallery, University of Demver, Denver, CO
Five from LA, Galerie LeLong, New York, NY
Houdini: Art and Magic, 1919-1949, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, travelling to;
Skirball Cultural Centre, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art, Madison WI
Bagna Cauda, Art: Concept, Paris, France

2009
This is Killing me, MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA, curated by Diana Nawi

2008
Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

2007
X-Snow Falls In The Mountain, St Pauls St Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand
Poker, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy

2006
Melancholy in Contemporary Art, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Step Into Liquid, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

2005
CUT, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Evidence, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
The Third Peak, Art: Concept, Paris, France
Rogue Wave, LA, Louver, Venice, CA
Wunderkammer 2, Nina Menocal, Mexico D.F, Mexico
Project Room: A Show Without Works, Spazio Lima, Milan, Italy, curated by Daniele Perra

2004
Summer Group Show, Cherry Del Reyles, Los Angeles, CA
Carpet Bag and Cozyspace, Healing Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Rimbaud, Palais des Beaux Art, Brussels, Belgium

2003
Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
MFA Exhibition Show 1 , New Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1998
New England Connection, Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH

1997
Inaugural Show, Space 1026 Space, Philadelphia, PA

1996
L’Ecole Nouveau de Pont –Aven, Hotel de Ville, Pont-Aven, France
Salon de Refuses, Gallerie M, Pont -Aven, France
Salon de Refuses, Gallerie M, Pont-Aven, France

1995
Common Threads, Rites and Reasons Gallery, Providence, RI