I am an artist with a background in architecture and printmaking. I use plaster, cast from drawings, as a three dimensional substrate and reprocess materials in order to create new tools. The evolution of this work corresponds to a very slow architecture, drawn full scale, lines becoming form, each member dependent on the other.
The drawings begin with a layer of brushed charcoal and graphite. Multiple breaks are traced on a page, large enough to consume the body and immerse the viewer in a space both chaotic and meditative. Each is a single trace of a fracture drawn over and over, wearing the break down, reshaping the original event. Like any technical drawing, these lines instruct and document: arranged to describe a metallic surface in tension, they mark the moment that the viewer witnesses this surface's collapse.
Jarrod Beck (b. 1977) holds an MFA from UT Austin, and a M.Arch from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Leslie Lohman Foundation, NY (2004); at MASS Gallery, Austin, TX (2006); Visitor Center, presented through the LMCC Swing Space Program opened in January, 2009 at the South Street Seaport Museum. In 2010, Beck continued his Center Series with Migration Center (Lawndale Art Center, Houston) and Capture (Second Floor Gallery in Marfa, TX). Last summer he began a permanent installation on 5 acres of land in the Chihuahuan Desert. In 2011, he will show at the BackroomNY project space in New York and at Generator Projects in Albuquerque, NM.
Beck’s work has been reviewed in the NY Times, The New Yorker, and the Village Voice. His work is included in the Judith Rothschild Foundation Collection of Contemporary Drawings at MoMA, New York.