Kim Beck has created Grand Opening events at the Grand Canyon and organized skywriting events in places from New York to Missouri. Her work has been shown on billboards along I70 & in auto repair lots, in botanical gardens, on rooftops along the High Line, NYC, as well as at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Warhol Museum, Art Omi & Hallwalls. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, International and Curatorial Program, Montalvo, and has received awards from ARS Electronica & Printed Matter. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches print, drawing and photography in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon.
Working across media, Kim Beck's work surveys a particularly American landscape, bringing the ordinary and overlooked into focus. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work moves from drawing, printmaking to installation, marking the poetry and absurdity of everyday life. Her work explores change in the natural and built environments full of asphalt, potholes, weeds, lawns, skies and billboards. Her work tries to make sense of the world through absurd signs that point to or directly label it — bushy trees named “a green thing” or expansive vistas as backdrops for a shiny gold #MINE sign. This curiosity extends to her drawings, prints and photographs of roadside landscapes, cracked roadways and dense thickets of invasive weeds. These are meditations on the structures and surfaces that reflect the ways that humans affect and are changed by the land. Through her work, what was once a banal eyesore is elevated to something worthy of notice.
Contact: kimbeck at idealcities.com