PR recently visited Gina Beaver's Bushwick studio in Brooklyn NY. While talking with Gina, she describes her work as coming from visions she has from things she sees in the world around her. Each piece is made using different painting processes and techniques to serve her idea.
Busy work table.
Acrylic on canvas, 26" x 40"
Gina came up with the idea to crate W.O.M.S.B after noticing the striking composition of a door near her studio. After photographing the door Gina built up the space of the painting along with the surface layer by layer. In this painting the paint becomes a sculptural tool.
Suburban sound wall, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 22" x 28"
Working sculpturally with paint becomes more apparent in the work Suburban Sound wall. While on a road trip Gina noticed the pattern of a suburban sound wall. This time working from memory and employing an add and subtract method of painting she attempted to recreate the pattern from the trip.
In her own words "I get an idea, either as a vision or as something I have seen. Sometimes I photograph it, sometimes I look up the image, or part of the image by typing words into google images. If I can't find an image, I paint it from memory and work out some preliminary sketches. This usually occurs when I've glanced something I can't return to or photograph, or when I can't obtain a photograph of it, like something on the highway on a remote road-trip or an obscure slice of an obscure painting at the Met, that I never find again."
"I then try to paint as closely as I can, the original idea. If it's from a photo, I stick slavishly to the photo, almost in a submissive way. If I have to come up with it from memory or a sketch, the process is much more fraught and angst-ridden, with no confidence that what I'm making is actually mine. I think it's because in the process, I'm grasping for straws and may allow another artist's work to grant me permission to do things. I hate that. Working from a photo takes my consciousness out of it."
Acrylic on board, 16" x 20"
The artist in her studio
Pink Reflection, 2010
Acrylic on paper, 15"x 21"
Acrylic on paper, 14" x 15"
His familiars, 2010
Acrylic and pencil on paper, 15" x 22"
Past exhibitions include Big Apple, presented by Apartment Show, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY. She is currently showing in Domestic City: Methodology & Intuition, at Kidd Yellin in Red Hook, that runs through June 19 and will participate in Worlds Greatest with Daily Operation during the Bushwick open studios 6-4-10 through 6-6-10.
-Kris Chatterson 06.03.10