Night Sherbet [Lynda Benglis]

Silke van de Grift

Media Editor

First of all people, let’s stop comparing Lynda to Pollock.

Ever since she began experimenting with DayGlo paint and latex, people feel the need to go on and on about the resemblance they see with Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. So yeah, they both used paint in an unconventional way, i.e., threw it on the ground, but that’s about it.

While Pollock believed in “the bigger the better”, there’s a lot more to Lynda’s work than just being big and bold. Because of the latex Lynda was able to make sculptures out of paint. She courageously erased the line between painting and sculpture. Of course she didn’t get any recognition for that back in the day, but that’s a whole 'nother story. Someone who did recognize her genius was fellow artist John Baldessari. He called her “one of the most innovative living sculptors in the United States." Damn right.

Night Sherbet is different than Night Sherbet A.  Google you had me fooled for a minute! In contrast to a lot of her other latex pourings, this work looks a bit...gross. This one is not bright, neon colored, but more of a orange/brown color. Like puke. The shape of this pouring does look like a giant, melting sherbet though. But hey, at night no one cares about the color of the ice cream!


Night Sherbet [Lynda Benglis] is mentioned on Sartle Blog -