Artist Talk

Martin Beck

Martin Beck, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Sat, Nov 4, 2017

Swift Hall
1025 E 58th St

Martin Beck examines the paradoxes of history and intersections of art, architecture and popular culture in his finely calibrated installations and conceptual artworks. In Prisms, Trunks, and Branches, a live presentation that takes various twists and turns, Beck weighs the processes of looking, reading, and note-taking to “exhibit,” in the form of a presentation, how things come about in his work through a form of drifting. While testing out various modalities of speech and setting them in relation to each other, the artist delves into aspects of his methodology and larger processes of visualization.

This new presentation was commissioned by the Renaissance Society to coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and stems from Beck’s investigations in Chicago.