Archival pigment print mounted to aluminium
149 x 258 cm
58.7 x 101.6 in
In Henner's Oil Fields and Feedlots series, large-scale photographic prints depict landscapes carved by industries meeting extraordinary levels of consumer demand for two of North America's most precious commodities: beef and oil. Seen from the perspective of satellites orbiting Earth, these landscapes represent a systematic intent to maximise production and yield in order to satisfy extraordinary levels of human consumption. The result is a natural landscape transformed into something not too dissimilar from the circuit boards that drive the logistical operations of these industries, and ultimately, feed consumers' appetite for these resources.
In certain parts of the USA, the country's unquenchable thirst for oil has altered the landscape beyond recognition. Natural features are supplanted by man-made marks and structures reflecting the complex infrastructural logic of oil exploration, extraction and distribution. Resembling the bold brush strokes of abstract expressionists, these marks are produced by the hand of an industry striving to satisfy a national and international compulsion.