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JOHN BEECH

(BRITISH, BORN 1964)

SELECTIONS FROM "DUMPSTER DRAWINGs" SERIES, 2000–02

Gelatin silver prints on resin coated paper with enamel and polyurethane mounted on aluminum
11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) each
George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, 2003
© 2002 John Beech

John Beech uses ordinary utilitarian objects and materials to create extraordinary and often unexpected works of art. Drawing on his work as a professional museum installation technician and his affinity for such unremarkable things as mover’s dollies or car floor mats, Beech is interested in what he calls “the object quality of things.” Paintings are objects, yet we only look at their surfaces. Trash dumpsters or concrete parking lot bumpers, while ubiquitous, are rarely seen at all. Beech attempts to bridge the gap between aesthetic objects and functional ones. As he states it, “I am interested in fusing the visual vocabulary of utility and abstract art.”


Liam Gillick

British, born 1964

Grouped on an old production line, 2007

Polished aluminum
Sixty parts: 78 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 5 15/16 inches (198.1 x 3 x 15.2 cm) each
Albert H. Tracy Fund, Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, by exchange, and Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 2008
© 2007 Liam Gillick and Casey Kaplan, New York
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Jim Hodges

American, born 1957

look and see, 2005

Enamel on stainless steel
300 x 138 x 144 inches (762 x 350.5 x 365.8 cm)
Sarah Norton Goodyear, George B. and Jenny R. Mathews and Charles Clifton Funds, 2006
© 2005 Jim Hodges
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