Featured Artist

Jarrod Beck

March 03, 2014

Jarrod Beck has created installations at Socrates Sculpture Park, Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, South Street Seaport Museum, Lawndale Art Center, Instituto Cervantes NY, Cape Cod National Seashore and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. He has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Robert Blackburn Print Workshop, and Lower East Side Printshop. In 2012, Beck began a series of installations with related processions; the most recent incarnation, Balance, was supported by the US Embassy in Venezuela and hosted by the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in November 2013. The next in the series, Saunter, will be hosted by the Siena Art Institute in 2015. Beck’s drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and in 2013 he presented Strike Slip solo exhibition curated by Hesse McGraw at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Born 1977 in Albany, NY, he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Terminal Moraine
2012
10ft x 20ft x 6in
Charcoal on Paper, Plaster

My drawings and installations connect the viewer to those places where we may witness the forces that are shaping our environment. I use materials that weigh on our emotional state to connect abstract ideas with tactile sensations. The phrase “terminal moraine” is a term geologists use to describe the farthest extent of matter pushed by a glacier before it recedes. For a museum built on the moraine of Cape Cod, two large sheets of paper were brushed with charcoal to be both void and mass. They apply visual pressure to a strip of cast plaster mounted to the wall. Terminal Moraine places the viewer before a depth of pictorial space and a sharp, protruding horizon.
Terminal Moraine
2012
10ft x 20ft x 6in
Charcoal on Paper, Plaster
Rifting
2013
Ink on Cut Paper
100in x 110in x 2in
Photography by Etienne Frossard

Rifting refers both to a break in familial relations and to the action of a tectonic plate being pulled apart. These piles appear to be in motion, offering glimpses of the wall beyond and to the strata which build up to make the whole. Squeezed and heaving, Rifting balances on the wall, resisting gravity and caught in the moment before an imminent collapse.
Rifting
2013
Ink on Cut Paper
100in x 110in x 2in
Photography by Etienne Frossard
Quarry
2012
6ft x 72ft x 28ft
Scorched Wood
Photography by Paul Takeuchi

For the Emerging Artist Fellowship program at Socrates Sculpture Park, I created a temporary memorial from which to contemplate the Manhattan skyline, what the skyline is missing and what that means now. This sculpture was created to be looked over and to be looked into. From the park’s gates the project appeared as a charcoal line, drawn against the city. On approach, Quarry revealed itself as a twisting plane of charred wood perched on its own shadow.

The term quarry refers to an excavation and a source of material. This project also refers to an obsolete meaning of the word: a heap of the game killed in a hunt. The size and scent of the piece allowed an immersion in the charred wood landscape, overwhelming the view of the city beyond. The work was on view for 7 months.
Quarry
2012
6ft x 72ft x 28ft
Scorched Wood
Photography by Paul Takeuchi
Strike Slip
2013
12ft x 21ft x 2in
Ink on bleached, bound, and stacked paper

For this installation, paper, once used for packaging the output of the industries in the neighborhood of my studio, was sliced, bleached and inked. Each section balances on the section below it and is held on an armature which allows the edges of the paper, free from the weight above, to curl and twist. Strike Slip draws a connection between the human body and geological processes, recalling layers of compacted sediment as well as the stages of atrophy of muscular tissue.
SWEET BURROWING, OUR ENORMOUS HEREAWAYFROMHERE
12ft x 28ft x 1ft
Oil, Pigment on Paper

20 sheets of paper are stacked, oiled, dusted with dry pigment and sanded to create a topography of skins: a ground that is also a map of itself.
SWEET BURROWING, OUR ENORMOUS HEREAWAYFROMHERE
12ft x 28ft x 1ft
Oil, Pigment on Paper










Jarrod Beck’s work is currently featured in the following exhibitions:

Fact of the Matter
Organized by Socrates Sculpture Park, curated by John Hatfield and Elissa Goldstone
1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, NYC through May 16, 2014
Jarrod Beck, Chakaia Booker, Mark di Suvero, Tony Feher, Hugh Hayden, Jeffry Mitchell, Richard Nonas, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Alyson Shotz.



Implicit Horizon
Mixed Greens Gallery, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari
531 West 26th Street, First Floor, NYC
through March 15, 2014
Jarrod Beck, Alex Ebstein, Richard Tuttle, Maria Walker, Letha
Wilson, and B. Wurtz.



Logical Guesses
A House of the Nobleman project at Driscoll Babcock Gallery, curated
by Kristin Sancken 525 West 25th Street, NYC
March 13-April 26, 2014



Falls
A performance and installation, in collaboration with Mark Louque.
Hudson D. Walker Gallery
Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA
April 4-7, 2014