Knowledge Bennett calls on history as muse and teacher. He uses the past – its images, its art historical context – to decipher and decode the now. His is pop art that detonates with actual meaning, filling in the intentional hollowness of Warhol’s pedigree with questioning, with the upending of the cultural narrative. The work – utilizing motifs plucked from mass culture, pattern and repetition and a certain mechanical feel of reproduction – may come in familiar robes, but it wants for more than fame-soaked superficiality and celebrity-gazing. It wants for what pop culture precisely aims to distract from – what’s actually been going on.
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