Crit Group Crew: Arden & Katherine

Mentor: Arden Bendler Browning

Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA – ET

Mother to 3 daughters: twin 15 year olds and a 6 year old


IG: @arden2bees

Mentorship Style: I am nurturing, supportive, and actively seek ways to share ideas and resources from my own experience and research. I look to adapt the flow of the program towards the dynamic of my particular group of mentees. I have found that the most productive sessions are when everyone contributes in an organic, constructive and open manner – and I seek to facilitate that rhythm through conversation, questions, feedback, and genuine encouragement.

Bio: Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning makes large abstract paintings, small works on paper and panel, and interactive virtual reality environments. Each format of work informs the next, and contemplates the perception of landscape, experience of time, and the contemporary desire to present many perspectives simultaneously. Intense, vibrant color, sweeping gestures, and areas of finer detail always show evidence of the artist’s hand – even in the digital VR spaces. Her work is a direct response to her environments – whether it is her urban home base, hikes in nature, or family travels.

Installation shot of solo show “Escape Routes” at Tinney Contemporary, 2021, with Arden’s 7 yr old daughter interacting with Arden’s VR work.

Arden Bendler Browning performs personalized pictorial exercises that rediscover the energy produced through chromatic relations and references. Bendler Browning’s practice weaves together loose, gestural, and, at times, translucent ribbons of color with more opaque and crisply delineated prismatic vectors and organically outlined forms. Whether rendered in paint or painted virtually into digital space, she radically expands the psychedelic parameters of her canvases into infinite imaginary worlds. (excerpt from essay by art historian and curator Jennie Hirsh, for “Fields and Formations” catalogue, 2021)

Visiting Artist: Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Website & IG: @ktzulan

Bio: Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and the Toby Devan Lewis fellowship, and is a fellow in the Washington, DC So-Hamiltonian Fellows program. She has participated as an artist in residence at the Virginia Center for the Arts, Blue Sky Dayton, Vermont Studio Center, Salzburg Kunsuerhaus and Triangle Workshop residences, and has been awarded the Anderson Art Ranch and Bernis Center residencies for 2011 and 2012. Mann is also an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Breaker, 2018, Acrylic and latex paint on cut paper, vinyl and walls and stairs, 20 x 40 x 30 ft
Commission created in collaboration with Facebook AIR program at the Facebook offices in Washington, DC