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.
“I want people to respond to the sincerity and intimacy of my work as a complete idea; the piece as being fully realized in and of itself”.
Myles Bennett’s architectural discipline is undeniable throughout his work. There are ruminations of rising skyscrapers, exuding vertical modernity and precision in his compositions. He has trained his hands to intuitively understand and trust the process, with the “in-between” spaces carrying as much gravitas as the lines themselves. Bennett is highly interested in the investigation of medium and surface, compelled to explore the subtle interplay of surrounding boundaries. Like a conduit, he channels the message of each piece.
Bennett believes in a daily practice rooted in repetition and discipline so that the act of creation becomes meditative and automatic, freeing the mind to delve into the surface of his work. There is an importance placed on the viewer connecting and responding to the sincerity of the clean lines, minimalism and gradations of color. He skillfully rides a continuum of nuanced shifts between intimacy and a suspenseful tension.
Myles Bennett received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. He is now a Brooklyn-based artist exploring many mediums, working in a self-designed industrial studio in the vibrant Bushwick neighborhood. His career has been punctuated by numerous solo exhibitions as well as group shows, both stateside and abroad.