The Piers (West Side)
In 2015 Beck began a residency at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. He wanted to use glass to continue his installation works in scorched wood. Glass offers permanence while reflecting motion and shifting light; at a molecular level, it is still in motion. To create the works on view, he first built a wooden box with soft pine wood. He used lumber leftover from recent installations as well as driftwood scavenged from the edges of New York City. At UrbanGlass they gathered glass and formed a bubble, layering black and clear molten glass around it. It was important to him that the glass was both a tool and a recorder. They dropped the hot bubble into the mold and let it scorch the dry wood. Once the texture was created the bubble was inflated so that it filled the mold, pushing against the texture it had created. The mold ignites during this process and the rapid depletion of oxygen causes minerals in the black glass to come to the surface resulting in the iridescence of the final objects.