The exhibition, Time Expanded by John Beech will open at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art on August 31 and extend through September 29. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held on Friday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Railyard Arts District at 554 South Guadalupe Street.
A nest of irregular metal beams dominating the floor. Plexiglas boxes mounted to the wall trapping oozing peels of color. Saturated and fragmented paintings, some covered in Plexiglas, some seeming to peel away from themselves. Strange flowers made of scraps—paint stirring sticks and other studio detritus, blooming from the walls. The viewer can’t help but be pulled all ways at once, each piece beckons for attention. It is a rare event to walk through an exhibition with such a wide array of techniques, formats, and materials all by the same artist.
John Beech is a quintessential 21st century artist, moving like a virtuoso from one set of skills to another with each separate piece. Sometimes painter, sometimes welder, sometimes sculptor, sometimes tinker, sometimes photographer, sometimes carpenter, always artist, Beech follows not a set of rules or theories, but the prompting of his intuition as he deftly navigates the problems that arise in front of him in the moment of making a work of art. Beech says, “I find fundamentally that letting a work evolve through chance during the process of creation overrides the solipsism of the individual. A better 'chance' to get at something larger.”
[text source: Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard)]
John Beech, Time Is Elastic, 2012, aluminum,enamel,bolts, 58x176x156 in; Courtesy of the artist and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.
More about John Beech (b. Winchester, England, 1964)
John Beech has become well known for his manipulation of functional objects, creating the surprising out of the mundane. His greatest interest is in ordinary articles, things we normally overlook in our everyday lives such as car floor mats and rubbish dumpsters, which he interacts with other materials in order for us to reevaluate their aesthetic and physical appeal. Often he uses monochromatic photographs of the chosen subjects in situ, the shapes of which are then painted over with blocks of pure enamel colour, instantly lending them presence and bold grandeur. His sculptures likewise encorporate ready made objects which are modified into surprising and sometimes humorous compositions of shape and colour.
(text source: art-interview)
Education: B.A., University of California, Berkeley, California, 1986.
[Image on top: John Beech, Nightshift In Moscow, 2012, aluminum,acrylic sheet, enamel,plastic,bolts, 21x15.75x10 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.]