Ben Snead - Recent Paintings
Ben Snead continues to use frogs, fish, birds, snakes, and various insects as the fodder of his paintings. Previously the compositions were quite literal and often hinted at social constructs and amusing choreography, while the most recent paintings have a more abstracted eccentricity that includes partial disappearances into folds as in paper or windows as in computers, mashings, and fragmentation. Two of my favorites are a heap of chopped up purplish frogs against a black ground that looks rather like a car crash or the makings of a dinner, and a hilariously frightening talking head composed of swarming grasshoppers. There is as well a more classical and spacious arrangement of three stacked rows of three: nine grouper (a fish) heads, all but one oddball face the same direction, and it is a perfect opportunity to observe the wide range of superficial similarities and differences within a species. Same different; different same. The implications are intended. Peace.