plastic bag on panel
17" x 14.5"
Ben Potter uses the limited palette and limited textures afforded by plastic bags glued to panels to construct images of figures that are familiar and common to him. This self portrait is from a series of portraits in which he represents the subject posed with a skull. Here we begin to consider that heavy handed subject as tentative and whimsical. Our artist is an ordinary guy in a hoodie floating in a white void offering up a simple gesture. Nagging at us from within our contemporary psyche is his medium: the overly abundant, illegal in Austin, Texas, dolphin choking plastic bag, forcing us to contemplate the severity and cumulatively destructive potential in the understated and the ordinary.