Public Sculptures by Jarrod Beck seen at Terlingua, Terlingua - Disruption Regime
Public Sculptures by Jarrod Beck seen at Terlingua, Terlingua - Disruption Regime
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Disruption Regime

Disruption Regime (2010–) is a ground-drawing of cast plaster on five acres of land near Terlingua, Texas. This parcel of land lies between three landforms: Nine Point Mesa, Black Mountain, and Red Bluffs in the Chihauhuan desert. The artist Jarrod Beck casts each plaster line individually at the front of the site and walks it out to a place on the ground. Beck returns to the site several times of year to continue casting and assembling the drawing. The summer monsoon rains wash vegetation from higher elevations over this decimated grassland, pushing untethered earth over and past each line. The plaster moves, sinks, or holds forth, deflecting an alluvial fan of mud around it. The drawing continues without the presence of the artist. Lines are lost and buried between work sessions, the mud preserving the original color and texture of the plaster. Wind pushes particles of sand over the exposed surface of each line, etching new drawings into the plaster.

Meet the Creator

Jarrod Beck is an installation artist, printmaker, and sculptor. He has created outdoor sculptures for Socrates Sculpture Park (Astoria, NY), Sara D. Roosevelt Park (NY, NY), Calder Plaza (Grand Rapids, MI) and the Anti-Defamation League (Omaha, NE); installations at Wave Hill, South Street Seaport Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Instituto Cervantes, Rhode Island School of Design, Stony Brook University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Cape Cod National Seashore and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. His drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He was recently a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and has been an artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné Papermill, MacDowell Colony, Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Sculpture Space, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, Vermont Studio Center, Siena Art Institute and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. His recent collaborations include a series of prints and a score for sculpture created with the choreographer Will Rawls, an installation created for performance artist John Kelly’s Love of a Poet, and a series of prop-sculptures for the choreographer Jon Kinzel. He earned an M.Arch degree from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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