Kevin Beasley

April 5 - May 18, 2014


Untitled (Wrong), 2013 (detail)

foam, spray paint, resin, hoodie, t-shirt

12 x 14 x 20"

private collection

In this self-titled, second solo exhibition at The Butcher's Daughter, new, never before seen, sculptural works will be on view.

Beasley's site-sensitive installation of work marks the precarious and relational aspects of his sculpture and the personal interconnectedness between the artist and viewer.

Hallmark characteristics of Beasley's work such as empirical handling and responsiveness to materials and distinctive, thorough consideration of space and personal intimacy allows patrons and viewers to participate in an affecting and spirited exchange.

"Installed in direct relationship to their architectural container, often on the floor directly in the viewers path, Beasley’s objects make use of - and continue to look like - biological matter, geological debris, and organic waste. Their near life size renders them anthropomorphic, yet these are disconcertingly truncated, compressed forms. They are at once nonhuman and human-like --- distinct from the viewer’s body, yet threatening and dissolving that boundry all the while."

  1. -Thomas J. Lax, “Hole: A Way In,” 2014 Whitney Biennial Catalogue

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Kevin Beasley was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1985. He holds an MFA from Yale University (2012) and received a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (2007). He has exhibited nationally with The Butcher's Daughter (Detroit, MI) in group shows in Los Angeles, throughout Michigan, and New York. 

Beasley's recent exhibitions include “2014 Whitney Biennial,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Fore" at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013), "Some Sweet Day" at the Museum of Modern Art (2012) and "An All Day Event, The End" at Danspace (2012). 

Beasley recently completed a fellowship for the International Studio & Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY and is currently the Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem for 2013-2014.  

He currently lives and works in New York City.

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