Silver Sage – Red Butte
acrylic on canvas
From the air, a grid of sections and blocks divide the Great Plains landscape into discrete squares and rectangles with an occasional “L” for variety. The grid exists conceptually even beyond the civilized world’s frontiers as thin, red lines on our maps. Out on the ground, along the ragged fringes of domesticated lands, strings of fence mark our intention to master the landscape, control it, put it to good use, to divide and conquer. As conceptual metaphor, visual counterpoint, and as an integral and iconic part of the western landscape the grid of a fence is too rich a vein not to have made an appearance in my painting. It has been an eventuality since the work veered down this path.
Warrior's Work - Ben West Gallery