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Amba Sayal-Bennett, Aera, 2017, drawing, projection, and mixed media, 10' 4“ x 10' 7/8” x 4' 10 5/8".

Amba Sayal-Bennett

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Amba Sayal-Bennett, Aera, 2017, drawing, projection, and mixed media, 10' 4“ x 10' 7/8” x 4' 10 5/8".

While drawing is the undeniable core of Amba Sayal-Bennett’s practice, this strong, self-assured exhibition, “Plane Maker,” provocatively and playfully expanded the field of drawing into other dimensions. The thirty-four small abstract drawings that were shown here, along with a pair of sculptures and an installation incorporating a projected image of a drawing, intuitively combine references derived from a broad spectrum of diagrammatic sources, suggesting everything from scientific schematics and architectural drawings—both plans and cross sections—to mystical charts and esoteric totems.

Made with marker and graphite, the line drawings typically feature enclosed areas filled in with muted washes of colored ink, to which the London-based artist adds texture through delicate and often whimsical patterns made up of a variety of smaller marks: dots and lines, loops and

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