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Artist panel discussion on Form & Story

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Published on Jan 30, 2009

University Museums hosts a moderated panel discussion between four contemporary artists: Steve DiBenedetto, Angela Dufresne, Hanneline Røgeberg and Erling Sjovold. These artists convey narrative content in their work through a synthesis of representational subject matter and the materiality and application of their medium.

Their work is on view at the Harnett Museum of Art, January 21 to May 15, 2009 in an exhibit, Form & Story: Narration in Recent Painting. The exhibit was organized by University of Richmond Museums and curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University Museums.

Artist bios:

Hanneline Røgeberg (Norwegian, born 1963) re-writes body/self and social/sexual relations and explores and exploits the relationship between the surfaces of her subjects—skin, hair, and fur—and the surfaces of her paintings on canvas or paper.

In the works by Angela Dufresne (American, born 1969), the materiality of the paint is both immediately obvious and yet at times incredibly diaphanous, but the specificity and confidence in the representation combined with the detailed titles suggest an authenticity beyond question.

The paintings of Erling Sjovold (American, born 1961) explore and re-invent the sense of place. In each of his works, he plays with spatial relationships and perspective to construct a scene or window into a world that is immediately recognizable while possessing a heightened sense of reality. Sjovold is a faculty member in the art department at the University of Richmond.

Steve DiBenedetto (American, born 1958) creates intensely complex compositions that mirror the dense narrative constructs of his protagonists, an octopus and a helicopter. Of all four of the artists, DiBenedetto has created the most contrived narratives, yet he also has the most fluid, free-form application of paint, relying on the mediums inherent qualities to provide an additional harrowing layer of violence.

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