Downtime

Oil paintings by Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett has been developing his current series over the last three years, focusing on themes of urban alienation, entropy and social decay, and the slow death of personal aspiration.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ransom Gallery in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 13 December 2008 to Saturday 31 January 2009

Waiting Room image

Published by anonymous on Friday 02 January 2009.
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One of the key influences in his work is cities and their effect on people. As an example, where in many eastern countries, or rural parts, people gather together and share their problems and embrace one another, in western society many tend to shut themselves away and let themselves fall into the grind.

“I have observed a lot of loneliness and alienation in population dense areas, where it is not practical to engage with everyone – IT would consume all your time – which I think leads to a wider social alienation and social apathy towards others. I make this work to explore the different and very private manifestations of this social condition; a community of individuals disconnected from each other, yet sharing a common ennui”.

Through his work, Chris hopes that people will engage with the image, discover a resonance in their own experiences, and perhaps find the same harsh beauty in the emotional starkness of the work that he does. He also hopes that people see his work as inspiration to enrich the lives of the people around them – including the people who they encounter just momentarily – with simple acts of kindness.

Chris Bennett is an Australian artist currently living in Franklin, Tasmania. He grew up on the Sunshine Coast and moved to Brisbane in

Location

Ransom Gallery
55 Memorial Drive (corner Arundell Street)
Eumundi
Queensland
Sunshine Coast
Australia