Residency Period: June-July 2014
Using images of architecture and landscape, Kim Beck (born in Colorado, 1970; lives in Pittsburgh, PA) makes smudgy charcoal drawings, prints, photographs, books, cutout sculptures, and installations that survey peripheral and suburban spaces. Electrical transformers, cell towers, and billboards grow like invasive species. And invasive species, such as dandelions, pop up in photographs of lawns and installations using vinyl decals, stuck directly to walls and windows. These create mutated landscapes, alien-but-familiar spaces in a continuous state of flux. Her work urges a reconsideration of the built environment—the peculiar street signs, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots, and self-storage buildings— bringing the banal and everyday into focus.
Kim Beck is Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon. Her work is currently on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as a commission for the 100 Acres Park and has been shown on the High Line, New York; at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Beck holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brandeis University. She is represented by Mixed Greens, New York, and Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia.