As we await the results of the 2020 election, I keep looking at a composite image, Interlude, that I created last year. At first glance, it’s a mundane, albeit surreal, piece about waiting for the next train. But look carefully, and you’ll see that it is not a mundane scene at all—something is very much askew. Time and space have been shifted. The umbrella-bearing Magritte-like figure stands at an impossible crossroads between the subway platform at the Charles-MGH subway stop in Boston and the Metra rail line stop in Chicago’s Ogilvy Transportation Center. The art asks not only when the next train will arrive, but where the rails lead and which track is the right track? This election is on a parallel course: The U.S. represents just four percent of the world’s population, but the train its citizens choose to board this week will ripple across time and space, and impact every corner of the globe today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
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.