As I Lay Dying, bw photograph, 2007
Title: As I Lay Dying, Darkly
Medium: b/w matt hand-printed fiber-based photograph
Ream Green (G.C.L.A.) 2007
500 sheets green US Letter paper, black American walnut veneer on paper, glue, cardboard
These works were all exhibited at Beasley's recent exhibition, 'Three Notable American Novellas', at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (Nov 2007-Jan 2008). A full colour publication, American Letter, was published to coincide with the exhibition. Copies can be ordered from there gallery. A Limited Edition version, which comes in a slip case with a hand printed, signed and numbered photograph, is also available.
"Becky Beasley's sumptuously minimalistic work deals with that psychological space where the anxieties of personal experience and understanding measure and transcend cultural reference. Behind the naked veneer of her neatly hand-crafted marquetry objects inlaid with black glass, also catalogued in arresting large format black and white photographs, there is an obsessive succinctness of speech, a persistent trail of clues extracted from the written works only implicitly mentioned in the shows title,Three Notable American Novellas, at Laura Bartlett Gallery in London. Some pieces are edged like a coffin, or like a fallen piano, or an opaque screen, engaging in conversation with symbols of expectation, disappointment and mortality, found in works by Faulkner, Capote and Melville. But the pieces fit together in a melancholy, found-surrealist acquiescence even without the literary footnotes. They stand as sturdy mental props that echo a lingering, not entirely inscrutable, message, oblique refrains, objects found wrapped up and boxed in a storage space, whose repeating silhouettes only partially give away their darkened secret."
Lupe Nunez-Fernandez, Flash Art No. 258
Ream Green (G.C.L.A.) (Unique)