As a last minute suggestion, I attended a "First Friday" Art showing at Barrister Winery on a cold winter night in Downtown Spokane a couple of years ago. To be honest, the draw was the wine, as we knew little about the up and coming artist, Ben Joyce. But since that spontaneous outing, I haven’t been able to forget the fascinating Art of Ben Joyce.
Topophilia: The Affective bond between people and place.
The love of place.
Joyce calls his latest series of work Abstract Topophilia. I just call it remarkable. This ingenious perspective of landscapes is created from a bird’s eye view. Programs like Goggle Earth allows Joyce an accessible and affordable view from above, which he then interprets in an engaging and thought provocative way. A unique connection is made when the viewer is familiar with the specific terrain, instantly putting themselves into the art. For this reason, many pieces are commissioned works of places with deep meaning to prospective owner. As if it wasn’t interesting enough, Joyce incorporates sharp edges and cutouts which expands the borders, making a rectangular confined piece of Art almost plain and ordinary in comparison.
“Not only is Spokane a beautiful city, but this is a vantage point that most of us are not used to. I wanted to do something different, so in 2003 I decided to paint Spokane from a new perspective”
Ben Joyce, Artist
Photo Credits: Top: Sip
Bottom: Barrister Winery