Terry Allen, 1986

Good Boy
mixed media
205.7 x 123.8 x 139.7 cm
© 1986 Terry Allen

Resembling a small altarpiece, this construction juxtaposes familiar objects -- the armchair and shag rug of an American living room -- with the unfamiliar -- a stylized landscape that could represent Southeast Asia or the desert terrain in New Mexico. The work was inspired by the story of a veteran living in Roswell, New Mexico, who committed suicide in an armchair placed in his front yard.