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Benner, Tom, "The Great Auk"
Artist Benner, Tom
Object Name Print
Object Type print, relief
Title The Great Auk
Date 1986
Medium linocut on paper
Dimensions H-101.9 W-68.2 cm
Description Tom Benner uses a variety of media in his works such as clay, paint, steal and wood to create drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and carvings. He focuses on the destructive nature of the continuously consuming Western-being towards the natural world. The pieces that focus on the political controversy of the world’s destructive behavior are found in his work post-1979; prior to this his work was heavily influenced by the presence of nature, and the ability to bring it into the gallery setting. The featured work, The Great Auk, displays Benner’s symbolic use of extinct or near extinct animals to produce a dialogue on what has been, or could soon be lost, such as the great Auk. This print displays the traditional story-telling narrative that Benner is able to create within his work, and it calls on viewers to question destructive actions in the pursuit of progress which lead to tragic contemporary outcomes.
Catalog Number 1995.014.001