Contemporary artist Jarrod Beck will create a large-scale drawing installation in the front gallery at M E N, incorporating charcoal and packing tape, underscoring the artist’s interest in material impressions, memory and the human relationship to environments both natural and built. Spanning the greater length of the gallery’s interior, the drawing serves to foreground the symbiotic exchange between person and place, demarking and quantifying the site, one arms length at a time. In some ways a literal record of the performative and durational qualities of this enterprise, Beck’s wall drawing will hold evidence of the artists hand as well as abstract segments of his entire body, imprinted full-scale and photo-negative like against the ephemeral yet sturdy packing tape ground.
Echoing the linear qualities of both drawing and human limbs, a large cast-aluminum sculpture will also be installed within the gallery. Singular and totemic, this work alludes to the relationship between the observer and the observed, with a weighty and de-compositional read that highlights the tensions between material durability and perceived fragility. A horizon line writ large and vertical, this sculptural work suggests preoccupations with borders, archaeology, endurance and earth art.
With a background that includes training in architecture and design, Jarrod Beck brings a multivalent temperament to his art making practice, traversing arbitrary distinctions between disciplines and materials with ease. Utilizing tools as diverse as the written word, handmade paper, rubber, and performance, Beck is as much a land artist as he is a sculptor and a poet.
For Partners, the artist will additionally offer glass works from his recent Piers series, to be installed in the back room of the gallery. Evoking the pylon remnants of New York City’s West Side Piers (once a locus of community exchange and sexual expression within New York’s pre-AID’s era gay male population), these sculptures are comprised of glass, hand-blown into wooden molds that ultimately incinerate under the intense heat of this molten material. The wood holds and forms the glass while simultaneously disintegrating in process, rendering the final product a record of both the molds original shape and the various states of its fiery demise.
Jarrod Beck has created outdoor sculptures for Socrates Sculpture Park (Astoria, NY), Sara D. Roosevelt Park (NY, NY), Calder Plaza (Grand Rapids, MI) and the Anti-Defamation League (Omaha, NE); installations at the Lever House, Smack Mellon, Wave Hill, Abrons Art Center, South Street Seaport Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Instituto Cervantes, Rhode Island School of Design, Stony Brook University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Cape Cod National Seashore and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. His drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He has been a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and Sculpture Trails (Solsberry, IN) and has been an artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné Papermill, The Yard, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Sculpture Space, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, Vermont Studio Center, Siena Art Institute and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Beck was a 2017 finalist in the Craft/Sculpture category of the NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship and will be in residence at Rice University's Moody Center and the Watermill Center in 2018. He earned a M.Arch degree from Tulane University and a MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jarrod Beck: Partners is on view at M E N, 13 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002, from September 16th – October 15th 2017 during business hours and by appointment. For further information please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1.917.719.1447. All images are subject to copyright.