Diana Bennett and Ryan Van Der Hout
November 7, 2009 to December 5, 2009

Icons features the collaborative artwork of multi-media artist Diana Bennett and photographer Ryan Van Der Hout. Together these two artists create resin sculptures and photograms depicting female figures from Judeo-Christian traditions. This series explores the semiotics of iconography while examining the complex aesthetic relationships between poured resin sculptures and the photographic images derived from those three-dimensional forms.  Using female icons pulled from Judeo-Christian themes as their subjects, these two artists offer artworks that consider the tradition of depicting the female figure and explore marginalized Biblical stories and imagery while simultaneously exposing the viewer to unusual media and artistic process. The resulting work is at odds with itself, being both beautiful and disturbing, evocative and difficult. Although rooted in historical rhetoric and religious ideology, the works’ resonance is clearly contemporary.