All contents are © Bob Bennett - 1992-2007

 

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All the work here..
is done in a very simple, traditional darkroom.

One enlarger, four trays, and a collection of hand tools

made from things you can buy at any art supply, or hardware store.
Though I work digitally in a variety of ways, nothing in this work has been made by a computer, except the scan itself, of course...

I print two to four original copies of an image, on either 16x20"
or more recently on 11x14", in black and white.

(Prints are made from 4x5 copy negatives of the 'master/originals'.
There are 'second' master prints available, but not of every image.)

I've been doing this work since the early '80's, and I've written (or tried to write) quite a few artists' statements about my montage work.
The more time goes by, the less aedequate words seem to be,
and the less interested I am in trying to talk about the pictures at all.

If an image doesn't 'say something' to you...?
Then no words could ever bridge the gap.

I think it was Robert Rauschenberg
(correct me, someone/anyone, if my attribution is wrong)
who said it best:

" It starts by YOU telling the picture what it will be -- in the end,
THE PICTURE tells YOU what it will be...".

I feel like I take that approach..... Not through any great design, or dogmatic adherence, ... it's just the way that comes naturally.... and that is all I am interested in.

I collect negatives by taking myself, and simple camera, to places I love - the California coast, and desert - and start walking.....and .. "things happen" ....
I spend a lot of time with my proof sheets, and in a small room under a dim red bulb.
I'm obviously interested in things metaphysical - beyond that, it's up to the viewer to decide what's going on.
( If I haven't figured them out yet, (and I haven't, not *really*), why should I presume to explain them to anyone else?)
Many of the pictures just seem to happen, because the individual negatives (or are they 'thoughts'?)
...are looking for each other.
I'm just a chaperone, and a really loose one at that......

(...But those were always the best kind of parties, right?)

Bob Bennett

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