state by Anne Beck

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state: multi-dimensional, precarious, shifting; state of mind, state of being, state of the nation, state of the world; a public body, nation state, civic state; a declaration; statement.

by Anne Beck

Pub Date: December 1, 2008
54 pages
ISBN-13: 9780978825737


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state began with whimsical pictures & apocalyptic visions of a high-tech synthetic mechanized culture. It became loose social history & critique. The original manuscript is a handmade artist’s book made of casein, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink, graphite, collaged bits of etching & drypoint on watercolor paper, and bound in found printed suede. Anne Beck sees her work as a visual journal inspired by latent structures, indiscernible figures, forms that wax and wane, and images and thoughts that coalesce and dissipate. Underlying her work is a belief that the personal and universal are not quite mutually exclusive, a reality that is vital to our ability to communicate and connect. She’s apt to borrow archetypes from contemporary culture (from science, philosophy, literature, nature, et al) in an effort to document whatever new tributaries arise from the adjoining of personal and collective histories. Though a constant introduction of new elements working together in layers and flux, Anne Beck creates works that reassert the potential of evolving systems while still placing a premium on the delights of personal excavation.

Anne Beck is an artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking, and book arts. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally, most recently at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, and are included in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program. Ms. Beck is co-publisher of Acid to Zinc, a serial artists’ book disseminated through the USPS, and is a core member of The Printmakers Left–an international collaborative working in print and book arts. TPL’s most recent project, Exquisite History Volume 1: The Land of Wandering, was published in 2005 through the University of Virginia Press. They are currently at work on Volume 2: The New World. Ms. Beck has received fellowship awards from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, and recently was Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University. Ms. Beck holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and a BA in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Virginia. She recently moved from Brooklyn, NY and now lives and works in California.

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