Hills Snyder: Altered States (Part Four)

Essay by Neil Fauerso
2018

As stated by Snyder, his travels follow a line that “goes through towns selected by virtue of their names—not because they are odd or funny, but because they are evocative—emotional states, hoped for ideals, downers, and reckonings…” Nowhere, Happy, Bonanza, Lost Springs, Recluse, Keystone, Opportunity, Diamondville, Eden, Eureka, Bummerville, Nothing, Truth or Consequences, Eldorado and Waterloo are among the places visited by the artist.

His explorations began in May of 2016 as a meditation on subjectivity, autonomy, independence, arbitrary experience, and place. Snyder elaborates, “I’ve visited out of the way places in the country, randomly running across found beauties, overlooked events, discarded things, back roads—anything happening outside the frame of relevance and other assumptions of importance. Along the way, I met some characters, people you’d love to meet, but never will. People I’ll probably never see again.”