Pat Benincasa: A Woman of Industry
Essay by David Gibson, Gibson Contemporary
"...Alternately, she also creates traditional paintings that evoke the furnace of heat and energy that a factory really is in its most profound, productive moments. River Rouge (2013-14) presents eight small vignettes of exterior factory scenes that alternate between cool blue and a flurry of steam and heat rising from the metal ‘skin’ of the factory animal. Their small scale presents a cacophony of organ like forms that could be any sort of mysterious beast, while their variety point at how multifaceted the scene is when walking around one of them, how each contains secret corners and vast canyons of space. For despite their pure use value, these mass objects are proof of the imagination of a society leaning into its future."