Independent Art Fair NY 2020
For Independent, Beck presents three large-scale sculptures, each roughly the size of two bodies joining, splitting apart, or transforming together. Beck paints directly onto the sculpture wildly and impulsively, with the movement from her own body responding to the forms like a dance. The sculptures, which Beck accentuates and contours with paint ranging in hue from fluorescents to earth tones, arise from daily drawings by the artist, which imagine powerful figures in morphing poses. They allude to a myth in Plato’s Symposium, which posits that our original forms were bodies doubled—congenitally tied to a partner and charged with the power of wholeness—these beings were celebratory, acrobatic, and prone to revolt. When installed together, Beck’s sculptures evoke a crowd of colossal figures, as though the human scale has been psychically amplified by its potential, love, pride, and power to connect.
The paintings presented here continue Pecis’ interest in the history of representational painting. She often includes stacks of monographs, exhibition posters, and works by other artists within her own compositions, allowing for the opportunity to try out different styles alongside her established vocabulary of mark-making. Ultimately, Pecis’ paintings offer entry points for contemplation of the space we occupy and how we overlap with our surroundings.