Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"May close without warning" My solo exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery - Part 2 : "All that is solid melts into air"

More Paintings and Drawings from my solo exhibition "May close without warning" 
  at the Frances Keevil Gallery
11 - 30 OCTOBER 2011
Bay Village, 28 - 34 Cross Street Double Bay NSW 2028
ph: 02 9327 2475

Gallery hours: Mon to Fri: 10-5 Sat: 10-4 Sun: 11-4
 
 My paintings and drawings are accompanied by some excerpts from "The Meanings of Deindustrialization" by Jefferson Cowie and Joseph Heathcott, Saint Louis University 2003  Faculty Publications - Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, and Labor History. Paper 33
Urban decay - Industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett painting 'en plein air' at the White Bay Power Station
Painting 'en plein air'  "White Bay Power Station " 
2011 oil on canvas 102 x 152cm
Sold
$12,500
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  "The point of departure for any discussion of deindustrialization must be respect
for the despair and betrayal felt by workers as their mines, factories,
and mills were padlocked, abandoned, turned into artsy shopping spaces,
or even dynamited."


Urban decay -  plein air oil painting of the White Bay Power Station by Industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
"White Bay Power Station " 
2011 oil on canvas 102 x 152cm
Catalogue No 30 
Sold
$12,500
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janecooperbennett@gmail.com


"While economists and business leaders often speak in neutral, even hopeful, terms such as "restructuring," "downsizing" or "creative destruction," metaphors of defeat and subjugation are more appropriate for the workers who banked on good-paying industrial jobs for the livelihoods of their families and their communities..."
Urban decay -  plein air oil painting of the White Bay Power Station by Industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting 'en plein air'  "White Bay Power Station Chimney stacks" 2011 oil on canvas 51 x 25cm
Catalogue No 15 

$1,400
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"In fact, the first public use of the term "deindustrialization" identified the Allies' policy toward Germany just after World War II: an active process of victors stripping a vanquished nation of its industrial power."
Urban decay -  plein air oil painting of the White Bay Power Station by Industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
"White Bay Power Station Coal Loader" 
2011 oil on board 35 x 28cm
Catalogue No 31 

$1,100
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"The dramatic evidence of industrial change and capital flight that litters our landscapes does, however, present a basic collective problem: How do we account for the destruction of an economic order that seemed so rooted and pervasive?"

Urban decay -  plein air  charcoal drawing of the Cooperage CSR Refinery now Jacksons Landing Pyrmont by Industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm 
Catalogue No 8 

$12,000
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This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize



"In the end, what may be most troubling about these ruined industrial landscapes is not that they refer to some once stable era, but rather that they remind us of the ephemeral quality of the world we take for granted."

Industrial heritage - demolition of wharf 8 cruise ship terminal at Barangaroo plein air oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Grabber, Muncher, Ripper" 2010 oil on canvas 31 x 31 cm

Catalogue No 46 

$990
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Industrial heritage - demolition of wharf 8 cruise ship terminal at Barangaroo plein air oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Sleeping Dinosaurs" 2010 oil on canvas 31 x 41cm
Catalogue No 25 

$1,400
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Outside the derelict wharf, the demolition team waited patiently for all the preliminary drilling and checks to be completed before they got the green light to start. The parrot beaks of the excavation attachments and their scarred and scaly skin reminded me of the animated re-creations of Tyrannosaurus rex. These particular attachments are actually really called "Munchers"! The names of other attachments eg. "Buckets", "Grabbers", "Rippers" and "Pulverizers" are also reminiscent of comic books and children's toys.
 "If Karl Marx was right in saying "all that is solid melts into air," then the industrial culture forged in the furnace of fixed capital investment was itself a temporary condition. What millions of working men and women might have experienced as solid, dependable, decently waged work really only lasted for a brief moment in the history of capitalism."


Industrial heritage - Blacksmiths at Eveleigh Railway Workshops  oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Dave and Lok forging at 'Wrought Artworks', Eveleigh Railway Workshops" 2010 oil on canvas 36 x 46cm
Catalogue No 12 

$2,400
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"Because capital was fixed in giant machines bolted to the floors of brick-and-mortar factories, the industrial culture that emerged in various places at various moments had an aura of permanence, durability, and heritage....."
Urban decay and Industrial heritage - charcoal and ink drawing of Mungo Scott Flour Mills Summer Hill by artist Jane Bennett
Panorama drawn from the top of the silos of the 
"Mungo Scott Flour Mills, Summer Hill" 
2009-10 charcoal, ink and gouache on paper 118 x 118cm
Ex-Catalogue  

$12,000
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The Operations of these flour mills have been transferred to Picton, on the periphery of the south western suburbs, about 2 years ago. Now this mill will be redeveloped into an apartment complex similar to other former mills in Dulwich Hill and Newtown.  
Industrial heritage -Blacksmith Eveleigh Railway Workshops oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
"Forging chisels (Drawing down), 
'Wrought Artworks' Eveleigh Railway Workshops" 
2011 oil on canvas 122 x 152cm
Ex-Catalogue  

$13,000
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"Working people saw in the decline of this industrial order the dissolution of their society, culture, and way of life, and the betrayal of their trust by those whose decisions shaped their fate."

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