4.20.2015

Collaborative Project with Brito.Rodriguez Arquitectura


Our project Site Pavilion for the artist Kate Beck was published...


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"The mind cannot always live in a 'divine ether'.  The lark cannot always sing at heaven's gate. There must exist a place to spring from -- a refuge from the heights, an anchorage of thought.."
- Wallace Stevens


I am a painter.
And maybe even, when I am lucky, a poet.
I live and work by the sea on a quiet shore on the coast of Maine. Here within an extremity of elements, my perceptions are dictated by the very real architectonics of nature -- waves, reflections, refractions, meanderings -- vital motions -- delineating and enveloping an existence. I have been beneath these skies, walking these beaches, swimming in this cold salt water my entire life. This is my place.

Two years ago, I made the acquaintance of Inês Martins de Brito and Gilberto Rodriguez, principals in the studio of Brito.Rodriguez in Lisbon, Portugal. I was instantly smitten by the kindred devotion to place and to humanity as evidenced in their eloquently integrated expressions of architecture and landscape. In these ensuing months, we have entered into a collaborative project together, designed purely around the axis of personal response to our shared sensibilities and works, the sensory experience of place bound by a far-reaching sea.

As the culmination of our collaborative project, Brito.Rodriguez has designed Site Pavilion for me, an off-shore pavilion on the outer reaches of Jaquish Island, here in Harpswell, Maine. This single, reaching architectural gesture manifests in contrasting materials of steel, water and bedrock creating a place of intimacy, reflection and contemplation amongst the extreme elements of nature and the sea.

I am most honored and privileged to share in this extraordinary sensorial experience which speaks directly to me, and of me, embracing the components of vital motion that I strive to attain in my large painted and drawn surfaces.

Architecture as an emotive embodiment of light and land mass; an interstice, perhaps, between the collective whole and the resounding context.

I am always attracted to the white field.
The painting is always whole.

Thank you, Inês and Gilberto.

-Kate Beck
WhiteSpot Studio
Harpswell, Maine USA
February 2015











A place between elements of nature
A path leads one through elements of vegetation towards the edge of the island.  A gentle slope pulls you into the ground and the emotion of space is activated by movement and delineated where the sea, bedrock and vegetation all meet.
Reduced to a singular gesture, it is a subtle yet firm intervention, allowing for solitude between walls.  A place where a natural pool of water and light are discovered.  This is a place of isolation with your thoughts and memories, a small refuge within a remarkable landscape.
The Site Pavilion is a sensorial experience between contrasting materials of steel, water and bedrock, a place open to nature's subtle nuances of fresh light, reflections, scents, air and sounds of crashing waves.
Architecture has emerged from the crevices of the landscape.
The poetics of silence and the emotion in architecture.
A pavilion for the artist Kate Beck.



12.30.2014

NEW YEAR :: New Painting



                                Untitled       Oil, Charcoal, Mineral on Wood Panel, 10 x 10 inches         ©Kate Beck, 2014

5.18.2014

PAINTING

PIERRE SOULAGES
Dominique-Levy, New York, NY


FIRST FLOOR INSTALLATION VIEW
SOULAGES ARCHIVES, 2014. PHOTO: © VINCENT CUNILLÈRE



SECOND FLOOR INSTALLATION VIEW
SOULAGES ARCHIVES, 2014. PHOTO: © VINCENT CUNILLÈRE




SECOND FLOOR INSTALLATION VIEW
SOULAGES ARCHIVES, 2014. PHOTO: © VINCENT CUNILLÈRE




FIRST FLOOR INSTALLATION VIEW
SOULAGES ARCHIVES, 2014. PHOTO: © VINCENT CUNILLÈRE





JACQUELINE HUMPHRIES



Jacqueline Humphries, 41/14, 2014 and Untitled, 2014 (installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). Collection of the artist; courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Photograph by Bill Orcutt


LAURA OWENS


Laura Owens, Untitled, 2013 (detail). Oil, Flashe, acrylic, bike wheels, training wheels, wagon wheels, and tricycle wheel on linen, 108 × 84 in. (274.3 × 213.4 cm), Private collection; courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Photograph by Tom Powel.


AMY SILLMAN


Amy Sillman, Mother, 2013-14. Oil on canvas, 91 × 84 in. (231.1 × 213.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Sikkema Jenkins Co., New York. Photograph by John Berens


CHARLINE VON HEYLE



Charline von Heyl, Folk Tales, 2013. Acrylic, ink,wax, charcoal and collage on paper, each: 24 × 19 in. 61 × 48.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella






1.05.2014

100 DRAWINGS, 100 GESTURES :: MODERN STRUCTURE with BERG, JONES, SARVIS Dance at Portland Museum of Art




The dancing body has long been a subject matter for drawing. If one can consider line as the trace of a point in motion, the very act of dance becomes a drawing in itself -- an insertion of line into time and the three-dimensional space of our lived world; the motion of marking surface.


Modern dance trio Berg Jones & Sarvis highlight the physicality of both drawing and choreography as they perform in collaboration with my expansive work, Modern Structure, an installation of 100 graphite drawings on paper and wood panels at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 

Berg Jones & Sarvis ::











































Modern dancers Berg, Jones & Sarvis perform nationally and are known for their sardonic, physical, and unpredictable trios. Their large, site-specific pieces for 'non-dancers' are legendary.







7.15.2013

From Memory :: Layered Graphite Drawings




What is there to say about a mark on a paper? 
Hand moves,  material responds, white space is changed.
forever.


angel posture       4 inches x 4 inches  graphite on Somerset, 2013





white.beat       4 inches x 4 inches  graphite on Somerset, 2013






tin plane      4 inches x 4 inches  graphite on Somerset, 2013





memory situation      4 inches x 4 inches  graphite on Somerset, 2013





all boats float       4 inches x 4 inches  graphite on Somerset, 2013