Rachel Beach's first solo show at Blackston comprises one large-scale grid-like sculpture constructed of reclaimed wooden beams and painted plywood, in addition to smaller sculptural works of geometric columns constructed of wood, aluminum and a variety of painted surfaces. Beach employs sculptural form and rigorous engineering with painted representation of form to create a destabilizing perceptive experience suspended between sculptural space and painted space. Many of the works appear to defy the natural balance of an object, and seem to rely on empty space for support. The exhibition alludes to the cultural and historical pecking and plundering that characterizes an artist's practice, as well as to the viewer's response in assimilating meaning through physicality and visual cues.
Rachel Beach Gather-erOpens 02/20/11 6-8pm Blackston Gallery 29C Ludlow Street New York, New York 10002
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