Gretchen Frances Bennett: Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth


Frye Art Museum First Hill
Feb 16–June 2, Tuesdays–Sundays


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Somehow, Gretchen Frances Bennett's drawings shimmer. The artist pulls from personal photos, film stills, and the deep, ever-replenishing well of YouTube and Instagram to base her drawings off of, preserving glitches, fuzziness, accidental tears, and worn edges in the final product. With colored pencils, she elevates photos and pixels from the mundane to a spiritual level. The resulting compositions—complicated by the visual equivalent of the sound of static in a radio transmission—look almost like holographs appearing before you underneath the soft museum light. The pencil strokes are short and layered, seemingly vibrating, as if quietly humming or beaming in from another planet or consciousness. The show consists of Bennett's key works from the past 10 years, plus five new large-format drawings. There is also a slideshow by Seattle photographer Paulo Castillo. 

On March 15, Bennett is also collaborating with Seattle artist mmuumm (Brit Ruggirello) on a performance to celebrate the opening of the show.

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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Tues-Sun

Venue Hours
  • Tues-Sun
Event Times
  • Feb 16–June 2, Tuesdays–Sundays