By Kenneth P. Cobb
In Composure, I created a series of 18 landscapes exploring the sublime and surreal presence of large construction projects such as levee systems, wind turbines, and gas structures in the rural communities in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Mainly inspired by the awe I experienced when I first witnessed these through the landscape when I moved into the area several years ago. Some of the sites were historical, such as the tragedy of the Austin Dam which collapsed in 1911, killing 78 people in its wake. The levee system overflow by pass in Tioga County, which was constructed as a result from the massive flooding to hit the region in the 70’s. Other sites more contemporary, in the form of massive windmills across the area’s hill tops to be seen miles away, in addition to the large scale natural gas excavations in effect throughout the area creating a staggering visual highway of connecting pipelines. Visually all of these sites are stunning and I felt they should be recorded as an imprint or mark in time in the form of paintings.