Kim Beck presents three sculptures resembling the skeletal framework behind advertising billboards. These blank forms emulate the abounding indicators of the economic recession, such as empty storefronts and “For Sale” signs. Beck’s sculptures have the illusion of depth when viewed from the front, but as visitors move past them, the side views reveal that they are completely flat, cut from perspective drawings and built like theater props.
In October 2011, Beck took her artwork to the sky. The artist worked with a skywriter to inscribe fleeting messages from advertising billboards and storefront signage above New York City. Phrases like “Last Chance” or “Now Open” gradually unfolded, and then faded back into the air, inviting viewers to interpret the language in their own unique way.
Photos by Bill Orcutt.