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Gus Foster

Cut Wheat
1988
Type-C print
18 x 86 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

Sweeping through this complete 360-degree scan of an endless Great Plains wheat field, Gus Foster’s swiveling panoramic camera challenges the mind’s ability to accurately interpret what it sees. The wheat appears to have been planted in two curved sections. If we could wrap the picture around us in a circle the rows would appear as straight as the horizon and the two ends would match perfectly.