Gina Beavers (1974, Athens, Greece) culls images from the internet and social media, translating the digital realm of the screen into a painterly and sculptural one. Using layers of acrylic paint, she transforms online postings of body painting, “food porn,“ make-up tutorials, or body-builder selfies, into canvases that hover between the literal and the allusive, between two and three dimensions. Her work is an exposé of the fusion of desire and creativity embodied in the contemporary urge to present a perfected public face, an urge continually undercut by a substratum of anxiety and self-doubt.
“Rendered with an unsettling degree of realism, Beavers’s work is always more than merely representational. Whether depicting a painter’s palette or the fluorescent green of a bulbous tennis ball, her high-relief paintings protrude obscenely into the space of the viewer, insisting on their status as tactile things.” MoMA PS1
Gina Beavers lives and works in New York City. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1996); an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2000); and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College, NY (2005).
Selected exhibitions include: The Life I Deserve, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (solo); We Burn Our Dreams Just to Stay Warm, Capital, San Francisco, CA; Portraits, Foxy Production, New York, NY (all 2019); Van Goddess and the Masturbakers, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA (solo) (both 2018); American Genre: Contemporary Painting, The ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME (2017); Summer School, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men, Cheim and Read, New York, NY (both 2016); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2015).
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