Corporeal embodiment, with its fleshy disadvantages, excretions and protrusions, is ripe subject matter for an artist, something Bianca Beck explores in her first one person show with Rachel Uffner. Using scatological smears as an entrance into to the picture plane, Beck’s show, ‘Body’ makes an analogy between painting and the figure. Beck’s paintings split into two groups, one ‘body colors’ uses browns, clays and earthen reds, while the other ‘spirit colors’ has touches of gold, purple and silver. Small and punctured, Beck’s paintings also hint at non-human imagery, recalling a horse’s head. Small, painted logs also punctuate the exhibition, adding a three dimensional, overtly organic, component to her fragile sensibility. Soft-spoken, Beck’s ‘body’ of paintings is a hushed and vulnerable handmade wipe. Punctured, needled, charred and bruised, Beck’s painted surface does not so much occlude intransigence as speak directly to the accruing of scars, blemishes and failures the body collects over time. Fragile and abject, Beck’s paintings speak to the body, barely audible and in a whisper.
|Bianca Beck, "Untitled," 2011, oil on canvas, 19 x 16 inches, 48.3 x 40.6 cm |
|Bianca Beck, "Untitled," 2011, oil, paper, and glue on linen, 12 x 9 inches, 30.5 x 22.9 cm|
|Bianca Beck, "Dance Painting," 2011, oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches, 61 x 45.7 cm |
|Bianca Beck, "Untitled," 2011, oil and ink on panel, 16 x 12 inches, 40.6 x 30.5 cm |
|Bianca Beck, "Untitled," 2011, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 50.8 x 40.6 cm |
|Bianca Beck, "Untitled," 2011, oil on linen, 17 x 13 inches, 43.2 x 33 cm |