ELLENSBURG, Wash. — I’ve always liked art made out of beer bottle caps and life-sized bear statues and stuff; it connects with me in ways that, say, watercolor lilies just never do.
That’s why I like Justin Beckman’s work. (Full disclosure: He and I have been friends for more than a decade; we were groomsmen in each other’s weddings. But I’d be an admirer even if I’d never met him.) The Ellensburg artist explores the urban-rural dichotomy in ways both serious and whimsical.
His exhibit “How the West Was Won,” which opened last Friday at the Clymer Museum & Gallery in Ellensburg includes an old-West saloon, a rhinestone bear, a video projection of Beckman as a gunfighting cowboy and a stallion silhouette made of Busch bottle caps tacked to the wall. It’s all very cool.
You can get a glimpse of it, as well as some comments from the man himself, in the video attached to this post.