upstairs: Bianca Beck

March 1 - April 12, 2015

Press Release

Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased to present two new shows. An exhibition of work by Bianca Beck and Josh Brand will occupy the first floor of the gallery, while a solo presentation by Bianca Beck will be on view in the upstairs space.

Beck will exhibit gouache drawings, oil paintings on wood panel, small “page paintings” on thin sheets of wood, carved reliefs, and painted sculptures in varying scales. Brand will exhibit photographs and collages. Beck and Brand share a commitment to an open-ended and continuous process influenced by their private life together.

For Beck’s second solo show with the gallery, she goes deeper into the landscape of the body. Fueled by grey skies, political madness, music, and dreams, these new works survey a surrealist field of recurring images: memories and visions of birth, sex, death, dance, and childhood. Her materials (mirrors, found wood, human hair) and colors (blues, blacks, neons, earth hues) create a literal and symbolic structure for her explorations of flesh, sensation, and consciousness.

Brand makes art via the processes of photography, drawing, collage, and filmmaking. His work shifts between various categories including abstraction, autobiography, and perceptual experimentation. Brand’s works in this show generate psychological depth from minimal materials: sticks, curtains, glass, vague figures, scraps of paper. His three most recent solo shows were titled Nature, Face, and Peace Being.

Bianca Beck (b. 1979, Columbus, OH) has exhibited her work at White Columns; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Harris Lieberman, New York; Cheim & Read, New York; Shane Campbell, Chicago; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid; Brand New Gallery, Milan; Laurel Gitlen, New York; Renwick Gallery, New York; Halsey McKay, East Hampton; Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; among others. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times,, Mousse, Artcritical, and Time Out New York, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Josh Brand (b. 1980, Elkhorn, WI) has exhibited his work at The Whitney Museum (Whitney Biennial 2010); Dallas Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Ontario; Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Herald St, London; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo; Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris; Mai 36, Zurich; White Columns, New York; among others. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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