December 6, 2017 NADA Miami 2017
7 – 10 December 2017
Booth # 6.10
Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Avenue
Carbon 12 is proud to present a duo presentation with Bernhard Buhmann’s (b.1979 Austria) painterly explorations of social milieu and Amba Sayal-Bennett’s (b.1991 UK) series of drawings and sculpture of interpretive encounters as they both investigate the strength of the formality in geometric reduction.
There is a synergy between the works of the artists that compels one to examine the relationship between their practices with great interest.
In A Thousand Plateau’s Deleuze and Guattari use the term ‘plane of immanence’ to signal a turn away from notions of transcendence, pre-existing forms and original genesis. The clarity of the formal language and the exactness of the composition may have their correspondence on the superficial, theoretical level in the concept of immanence. In the image plane the constructive elements dominate and build the prerequisite on which the quality of the relativity, the relationships, can develop.
Sayal-Bennett presents drawings and a sculpture, the latter can be understood as drawings in an expanded sense. She is interested in how formal elements or relationships between certain objects can generate references outside of the work’s physical material context.The two large scale paintings of Buhmann create a similar tension.
Beginning with formal reduction both gain their breadth of content in the formation of different kinds of relationships, the relationship itself being the central moment. In Sayal-Bennett’s work, the relationship to the viewer is essential. Which references are generated, what references are produced, and how do they differ from other interpretations? The fragmentary character of Buhmann’s work represents the ongoing process of reciprocal references and at the same time symbolizes the contingent and transient nature of all social negotiation processes. His particular interest is the emergence of social negotiation processes, whereby relationships (as in the case of Sayal-Bennett’s work) get into the focus as a constitutive element.
Born in 1979 in Bregenz, Austria
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria
Buhmann studied painting and sociology at the University of Applied Arts (Austria) and the University of Vienna (Austria). His paintings are spirits of the times, sensitive mirrors of the stages of everyday life. The spectrum of protagonists is commensurately broad, a motley crew ranging from clowns and creatures of fantasy, to bizarre flying machines and beyond, all the way to colorful abstractions. All of the periods and various subjects of work are characterized by questioning the (re)construction of identity and performative.
Born in 1991, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK
Amba Sayal-Bennett’s work engages with the affective potentials of everyday life. The ordinary can be understood as a shifting assemblage of things that happen and are felt in impulses, encounters and habits of relating. These things that happen are intensive and immanent, and evade meaning and representation. Sayal-Bennett is interested in how one’s material environment can be encountered as a ‘live surface’ and her work engages with the sensations and textures through which ordinary life is experienced. It is this dislodging, or freeing of sensation from natural referents that she explores within the work in this show, principally through the de-contextualization, translation, and restaging of affective experiences.