PROJECT: Large fish head sculptures including a lane snapper, a yellow tail snapper and a rock hind, which are all found in local fish markets in Brooklyn. The fish live in tropical waters such as the Caribbean and are transported here for human consumption. By enlarging them and placing them on grass, they are taken further out of context.
ABOUT: Since 1995 Ben Snead has been painting specimens from field guides and arranging them into patterns, sometimes seen through a kaleidoscope. His work represents the human relationship and manipulation of nature. Usually the species in a work are related, either by a scientific classification system or a personal one, such as grouping fish that have spots but are not of the same species. In October of 2009 his commissioned design "Departures and Arrivals" was installed in a downtown Brooklyn subway station. It depicts two fish and three birds that have been introduced to the area, and one local beetle that is in decline.