Monday, August 26, 2013
Ben K. Voss' "Cities"
Ben K. Voss, Untitled (all the cities and towns cut out of an atlas), collage on paper, 96" x 96", 2006
Ben K. Voss, Detail of Untitled (all the cities and towns cut out of an atlas), 2006
One thing I know about Ben is that he loves obsessive activities (and possibly maps) as much as I do. His Untitled collage makes me wonder: 1) how many cities and towns are represented? 2) did he copy the backs of maps (as the cities would overlap the fronts) to ensure that everything was represented? 3) how many hours did this take? and 4) what is the minimum population that constitutes a town? I do not need to know the answers to all these questions because the ingenuity of the piece stands on its own but I do like to wonder....