New Futures Covidian Art
“Metrovolution, Winter” will be on display in Fort Point Arts Community’s “New Futures” juried exhibit from July 19 – Sept 25, 2020. The exhibit asks Boston artists to envision a post-COVID19 world. What will it look like? How will this new world function as we adapt to crisis?
“Metrovolution, Winter” depicts a post-pandemic world consisting of three stages of recovery. At the base, life remains inchoate—badly disrupted, raw, and tenuous. In the middle layer, existence has begun to take on recognizable form and function, with bright spots of stability. And at the top level, the final stage, life as we knew it returns. But it’s a silhouette of the pre-pandemic world, suggesting that choices are to be made about how we fill in the details. Do we address the deep structural fissures laid bare by the pandemic, or will we relegate them to “middle earth” where they will simmer until the next crisis? The choice is ours.
The piece was created from photographs of ice embedded in a window screen, then digitally sculpted and topped with a shot of the New York City skyline taken from a train window. The full moon photo above the skylinewas taken in Bryce Canyon National Park
Specifications: 24″ x 24″ composite artwork printed on aluminum.
Location: The Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 280 Congress Street, Boston, MA.
Copyright © 2020 Steven Bennett
Steve Bennett is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based visual artist. He began taking photographs more than 40 years ago, in the age of film, and transitioned to digital photography in the late 90s. Today, in addition to taking and making traditional street, macro, and landscape photographs, he creates photo-based abstract composites designed to take viewers on fanciful flights of the imagination through virtual realms. His work has been displayed in numerous juried exhibitions, and at Google’s Kendall Square, Cambridge offices as well as various technology, biotech, and financial service companies in the Boston area.