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Untitled (hollow)

Kevin Beasley (American, born 1985). Untitled (hollow), 2016. Resin, housedresses, and kaftans, 80 x 73 x 36 inches (203.2 x 185.4 x 91.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Albert H. Tracy Fund, by exchange, 2016 (2016:30). © 2016 Kevin Beasley. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photograph by Jean Vong.

© 2016 Kevin Beasley. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photograph by Jean Vong.

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© 2016 Kevin Beasley. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photograph by Jean Vong.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© 2016 Kevin Beasley. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photograph by Jean Vong.

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Kevin Beasley

American, born 1985

Untitled (hollow), 2016

resin, housedresses, and kaftans

overall: 80 x 73 x 36 inches (203.2 x 185.42 x 91.44 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Albert H. Tracy Fund, by exchange, 2016

2016:30

Currently On View

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Provenance

the artist;
sold through Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, December 13, 2016

Class

Sculpture (visual work)

Work Type

Construction (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

While still a graduate student at Yale University, Kevin Beasley began making sculptural objects out of sneakers, hoodies, sweatpants, skullcaps, and other discarded or outgrown clothing. He filled and soaked these items with concrete, polyurethane foam, resin, and Fiberglas—all materials that harden as they dry. The results were bulbous, distended forms suggestive of both simple trash and even a kind of accidental violence toward the human bodies that must have once filled the clothing.  Beasley’s choice of garments has never been neutral, and he deliberately favors clothing with strong cultural resonances. Untitled (hollow) belongs to a series of works the artist made using the kind of house dresses that he associates with older African American and black immigrant women, including members of his family. These are clothes that combine extreme comfort with exaggeratedly joyful patterns and colors and that exist entirely outside the fashion world.

Although Beasley’s work increasingly features audio components—recorded sounds of the gallery environment, tracks produced by collaborators for performances, or components that invite visitors to generate sounds themselves—in Untitled (hollow), sound is more implied than heard. To make this sculpture, Beasley coated the dresses in resin and draped them over props he constructed from microphone stands. It’s hard to look at these garments and not hear the plastic “whish” of their polyester material. They appear like a chorus of brightly colored bugs trapped in amber, shells of bodies, and gathering, hooded witnesses.

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