gridding the west interrogates the myths created by early white colonizers to the state, who viewed the west as an “empty” landscape to be owned and contained. They laid the gridded plat, for them a marker of heavenly order, over the landscape. Linn speaks to the futility of attempting to contain something which cannot be contained through painted landscapes combined with various forms of grids and imagery alluding to manifest destiny with a nod to the underlying violent history in claiming the west.

Ron Linn’s work has shown at Carnation Contemporary, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, the Rio and Alice Galleries in Salt Lake City, Bountiful Davis Art Center, and PDX Contemporary Art. He currently teaches Studio Art courses at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he lives and works.