July 4 Reflections

Ben Hall’s complex sculpture The Drill, on view as part of How to Remain Human, represents a microcosm of the artist’s “understanding of humanness in America right now” — a complicated, beautiful , hard, but ultimately hopeful place.

The sculpture is concerned with politics, identity, social interaction, and the histories held by objects. The piece is a mash up with a multitude of references and objects, including sports, Marxist theory, cacti, backpacks, and the board game Monopoly. It presents much to reflect on regarding ongoing struggles in the United States for equality and social justice. 

--Elena Harvey Collins

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