Magazine article Artforum International

Becky Beasley: Francesca Minini

Magazine article Artforum International

Becky Beasley: Francesca Minini

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Three bronze branches, each suspended horizontally from the ceiling by a brass rod, slowly rotated in the main gallery of Francesca Minini for the duration of Becky Beasley's recent exhibition. Powered by small motors, the sculptures spun at one and a half rotations per minute--like disco balls in a dance hall. For this series, "Rearing" (all works 2014), the artist cast broken fragments of twigs in bronze, then recombined and fused them together to create longer forms. The branches incorporated into the sculptures here were collected by the artist's father in her hometown of Portsmouth, UK, following the St. Jude storm in late October 2013, which blew down many trees throughout the region. Perhaps this occurrence inspired Beasley's preoccupations with both the autumn season and the idea of falling, conflated in this exhibition by the single word that formed the title of the show: "Fall."

In Fall, Stand, a fourth branch descends vertically from a shelf hewn from black American walnut. This material was echoed by three gelatin silver prints (comprising a series titled "Fall.") that lined the gallery walls, each picturing a single walnut resting on a tablecloth. One of the walnuts faces front--its seam running down the center--while another is in three-quarter profile facing the right, and the third turns three-quarters to the left. The images are significantly enlarged and presented upside-down, so as to extract and exaggerate the sculptural qualities of the nut.

In a second gallery sat a 1950s Italian table (purchased from a nearby antique shop) featuring a circular walnut top and dark metal legs with brass accents. …

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