Sculptures by Jarrod Beck seen at inde/jacobs, Marfa - The Piers (West Side)
Sculptures by Jarrod Beck seen at inde/jacobs, Marfa - The Piers (West Side)
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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.

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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