2009, life-sized door/wall fragment.
A door seemingly sliced out of a room stands on a plinth in the
center of Get This Gallery. Both sides bear evidence of attempts
to kick it in. Who? Why? Why both sides? What happened next? Ben
Roosevelt provides no answer to this puzzle. We are left with the
suggestion of desperation, aggression and, perhaps, stalemate.
– Catherine Fox, excerpt from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The cumulative sense of indifference approaches climax and finds
its apogee in Roosevelt’s central sculpture Forcefield,
a cross section of a door that has been kicked-in on both sides…The
visual residue of this action—the double-crushed door handles—allows
the viewer to become part of the scene. The door’s mirror-like reverse
side signifies the inscrutability of a narrative already set in motion:
We simply cannot escape this open and inviting spectacle.
– Eric Hancock, excerpt from Burnaway.org