Hammer Museum


Los Angeles

Kevin Beasley

Through April 23, 2017

Beasley's raw and performative work explores the physical materiality and cultural connotations of objects and sounds. A hybrid of assemblage and process art, his sculptures bind personal ephemera such as discarded clothes and studio debris into archaeological aggregations held together with resin and polyurethane. Working only until the resin hardens, he strikes a balance between the inherent properties of the materials and the finished forms, which preserve embedded artifacts intact. Already referencing an absent human presence, these works frequently act as acoustic mirrors, mute in themselves but reflecting ambient and recorded sound. Though we might recognize what we see (house dresses, Air Iordans, bandanas) and hear (samples from dead rappers), these bits have been run through the mill of symbolism to transcend familiar surface identity; distilled and refined, they begin to echo a visual language that we still understand today, albeit remotely. …

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