621 Gallery Presents:

Highway (re)Construction

an exhibition by Steven Benson


Artist Statement:

This series of photographs reflects an ongoing interest in how the landscape is transformed by human activity. The armature for this work is most readily seen through the documentation of large construction projects such as the Three Gorges Dam in China where I photographed the 400 miles of the Yangtze River valley in 1999 before it was flooded by the reservoir in 2003.

I’ve always thought of the process of making these photographs as collaborations with individuals I do not know – people who are involved in activities that result in creating ‘unintentional’ art. I see the sculptural forms functioning as massive land-art or site-specific sculptures that often present miraculous potential for photographic interpretation.

Reconstructing the transformative power of enormous construction projects into something other than what they where intended to be is a fascinating process rooted in the surrealist aesthetic strategy of undermining ‘context.”

For more information about the artist, please visit their website: https://www.stevenbensonphotographer.com/