We asked Ben Roth to join the View22: 35 Places project this year because, well, we knew it would be fun. Ben has been an energetic member of JHLT’s Open Space Council since 2013 and is very familiar with the View22 project and engaged in the local art community.
We paired Ben with the Granite Ridge protected property, a 127-acre easement that is part of the Snake River Ranch located just north of Teton Village on the west side of the Moose-Wilson Road. Ben has known the Resor family, owners of the Snake River Ranch, for years, and once collaborated on an installation art piece with Felicia Resor that traveled the country, so this spot was a natural fit for him.
Ben works in several different mediums – sculpture, furniture, paintings, prints – so we were curious to see what he would come up with for View22. We had a chance to experience his creative process in action throughout July, first at the Tram demo day, then at the R Park demo day, and then of course on Facebook. The end result? 18 unique prints created from an original charcoal drawing, screen printed from a reductive lino cut and hand colored, to capture the “View from Granite Ridge Meadow”. I’m not exactly sure what that all means, but I know that it took a lot of steps, and the end result was not only beautiful but also snapped up within the first two hours of the picnic. Check out Ben’s posts and Flipagram video below – and enjoy seeing the moon rising over the Sleeping Indian as the series progresses.
– Leslie Steen
August 6th: Here are all 18 prints for my @View22JH project. Notice the rising moon and fading light. They are for sale at the picnic for 150 bucks apiece.