In the summer of 2011 a friend introduced me to the work of Hanon. As I came to learn, Hanon was a 19th century composer who developed a set of 60 exercises entitled the ‘The Virtuoso Pianist.’ His idea was to create a daily practice so deeply rooted in repetition and discipline that once mastered, each finger would be as independent and dexterous as the other, and the hand would be freed from the constraints of the mind. He believed that by playing these daily exercises which would ideally require an hour, one could access the true essence of a composition without being distracted by its difficulty - the mind wouldn’t be forced to belabor what the hands would inherently understand. In my meager attempts at playing these exercises, I began to find a correlation in his methodology and my own, both in the diversity of the bodies of work I explore and in the gestural processes. The constant throughout remains the raw canvas surface which guides and initiates each piece through its tactile and visual qualities. In the daily practice of becoming, I’m able to isolate moments of potential, develop them through repetition, and re-weave them into the larger scope of the project, exploring the surface with freedom of hand so the mind can wander to potential interpolations and future mutations.
Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Architecture, 2001 - 2006.
* Solo Exhibitions
Art on Paper Fair, pier 26 Victori Contemporary, NY, NY. 5/22-6/29.
20"x16", curated by Geoffrey Young at Morgan Lehman, NY, NY. 3/26-5/2.
The Silo Room, curated by Courtney Johnson at Track One, Nashville, TN. 6/6-6/7.
XXL Abstract, MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 8/29-9/30.
Bushwick, Ground Floor Galleries, Brooklyn, NY. 5/22-6/29.
From the Land of Everywhere, Victori Contemporary at Birnam Wood/Galleries, NY, NY. 7/30 - 8/29.
Art Wynwood Fair with Victori Contemporary, Miami, FL. 2/14-2/18.
Art Basil with Victori Contemporary, Basil, Switzerland, 6/13 - 6/16.
*A Comment in the Margins, curated by Suzy Spence at Gallery 1, Brooklyn, NY. 9/20 - 12/21.
* Solo Exhibition at MC Gallery, NY, NY. 12/13.
Cut Up: Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. 7/6 - 8/5.
Altered Affect: Myles Bennettt and Timothy Gasbarro, curated by May Shetrit, Brooklyn, NY. 2/9 - 2/29.
New York launch of Red, White, and View: Wix Lounge, NY, NY. 3/22.
Art Basel Open House: MAC Art Gallery, Miami, FL. 12/1 - 12/4.
Additional Matter: Lyons Wier Gallery Project, Chelsea, New York, NY. 8/17 - 9/5.
Room for Interpretation: Bennett Galleries, Nashville, TN. 6/10 - 7/10.
Nathan and Myles - In Time Out: Cheap Storage, Brooklyn, NY. 5/26 - 6/5.
Re:Materialize: Re:Creative, NY, NY. 4/28 - 5/25.
Little Deaths: Ana Garces Kiley and Myles Bennett: Famous Accountants, Brooklyn, NY. 5/15 - 6/6.
The Business of Aura: Broadway Gallery, NY, NY. 7/19 - 8/10.
New Year, New Work, New Faces: Storefront, Brooklyn, NY. 12/28.
Overlap: Elga Wimmer Gallery, Chelsea, NY. 8/27 - 9/19.
Will it happen: Elga Wimmer Gallery, Chelsea, NY. 8/3 - 8/15.
Improvisations: Spread Art '09 Group Show: Brooklyn, NY - 6/11.
* Myles Bennett: A 21st Century Luddite: Bennett Galleries: Nashville, TN. 4/24.
* New Work: Think Gallery: New York, NY. 1/15 - 2/10.
Belmont University: Nashville, TN - Group Show - 2/23.
Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative (ACAC): Little Rock, Ark - Group Show - 3/11.
Texas A&M University: College Station, TX - Group Show - 3/12.
Book People: Austin, TX - Group Show/Book Signing - 3/15.
Art On 5th: Austin, TX - Group Show - 3/20.
Dogwood Arts Festival: Knoxville, TN - juried exhibition - Best in Show - 4/3 - 4/25.
Work Sold to 'Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Painting Collection, Tennessee State Museum.'
BETA Spaces: Inside / Out: Brooklyn, NY – 11/11.
* Unsubsantial Territories: Potion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
RISD Biennial 2008, Juried: The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY.
* Touch Structures: Bennett Galleries. Nashville, TN.
Rymer Gallery with band 'Quote' release party: July 12, Nashville, TN.
Here and Now. Copy Gallery curated by Luren Jenisen. Philadelphia, PA.
* Retrospective: April 2007 - May 2007. Potion. Brooklyn, NY.
Mango Group Show, curated by John Brown, Nashville, TN.
Artrageous: Bennett Galleries, Nashville, TN.
Art 45: Metro Spirit. Augusta, GA.
Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects Gallery, New York, NY.
Small Show: Bennett Galleries, curated by Beth Hardcastle, Nashville, TN.
Art 45, Arts in the Heart. Augusta, GA.
Gallery Agniel. Opening display curated by Sara Agniel, Providence, RI.
Myles Bennett: Nashville Arts Magazine: August 2011, pp 59 - 63.
Nashville Scene: http://www.nashvillescene.com/2009-05-14/arts/myles-bennett-s-a-21st-century-luddite/
Bushwick BK: http://bushwickbk.com/2009/06/09/bos-profile-miles-bennet-and-carla-avruch/
Video and News Through Metro Spirit: Art45, 2007.
Quote: The Pace of Our Feet album book, 2008, pg 52-53.