Untitled (after Thomas Hart Benton)


"…As a kiwi on catch-up pilgrimages I have visited many overseas art shrines, though never the studio of Thomas Hart Benton (an influence on our regional painters). When Dashper filmed this site, he could have aimed at high production values (as he usually does), but kept to a tourist video. It shows a studio frozen in time, with a canvas prepared by Benton on the day he died. Also implied is the leap in art history associated with Benton’s best-known student, Jackson Pollock, so change is imminent on the blank canvas, emphasised by the alternating blank screen of the canvas…"

- Roger Horrocks, 'Dashper Time', in Four Times Painting (Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, 2007)