center for contemporary non-objective art

Main space | solo exhibition

John Beech February 2008

*1964 in Winchester (England) Lives & works in Brooklyn, NY (USA)

Using the humblest of materials, from car floor mats to raw plywood, Beech creates objects that are at the same time rough-hewn and elegant, intricately designed and straightforward, dead serious and subtly humorous. His work straddles the categories of painting and sculpture. Beech is interested in "the object quality of things." He is interested in letting the form and materials demonstrate themselves. Another important element in Beech’s work is his choice of materials. "I’m interested in fusing the visual vocabulary of utility and abstract art," he says. Ordinary objects such as dumpsters and patched subway platforms catch his eye and provide the basis for nuanced works of art. He acknowledges the influence of contemporary masters such as Donald Judd, but sees his own aesthetic as "street level" and engaged, as opposed to the polish and detachment of many reductionists. His aim is to take the ordinary and create an extraordinary experience for the viewer. Spontaneity is essential for Beech. A piece may change radically during the process of fabrication; accidents and obstacles are viewed as opportunities rather than sources of irritation. In his view, letting go of expectations can often lead to something much more interesting than the original conception. This easy attitude meshes well with Beech’s attraction to things that are odd, edgy, even a bit awkward. The combination imparts a subtle humor to many of his works, an attitude that nudges us to realize that art can be made (sometimes even unconsciously) of the most ordinary of materials, materials that we see around us all the time but usually fail to recognize as art.

At CCNOA, Beech will present a large site-specific installation, entitled NOHOW.

Edition by John Beech

Dumpster Napkin 2004

monument series drawings
photo credit: John Beech

NOHOW 2008

Expositions avec
John Beech
My eyes keep me in trouble, 2010

external exhibitions & cooperations

My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble @ The Physics Room Christchurch (NZ), 2008

external exhibitions & cooperations

My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble @ Sydney College Of The Arts Gallery (AUS), 2008

external exhibitions & cooperations

Pas de soucis..., 2007

external exhibitions & cooperations