GINA BEAVERS

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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Selected Bibliography

“The Artist Who Scours Instagram and the Internet.” The New Yorker. 1 Apr. 2019.

Bortoluzzi, Giulia. "Gina Beavers.” L'Officiel Art. 2019: 104-109.

Wolkoff, Julia. "Goulding the Lolly.” Art in America. July 2016.

Griffin, Jonathan. “Body Work.” Frieze Magazine. May Issue. 2016.

Shannon, Thor. “Painting Continued, Gina Beavers,” Out Of Order Magazine Issue 50. Winter. 2015:148-153.

Beavers, Gina. "Interview with Gwendolyn Zabicki."Figure Ground. 15 Dec. 2015. Web.

Mizota, Sharon. “The meaning of makeup in the Instagram age: Artist Gina Beavers stripes away the gloss.” L.A. Times. 14 Dec. 2015. Web.

Cotter, Holland. “10 Galleries to Visit on The Lower East Side,” The New York Times 16 Apr. 2015: C34.

Russeth, Andrew. “Eyegays, Ecstatic Painting and a Glorious Mess: Andrew Russeth on the Year in, and Beyond, the Galleries,” ArtNews. 30 Dec. 2014. Web.

Indrisek, Scott. “Gina Beavers: Food Porn, Instagram and painting.” Modern Painters Sept. 2014: 22.

Fiske, Courtney. “Gina Beavers.” Artforum. 26 Sept. 2014. Web.

Walsh, Brienne. “Gina Beavers, Clifton Benevento.” Modern Painters. Feb. 2013: 77.

“Gina Beavers at Clifton Benevento.” The New Yorker. 8 Dec. 2012.

Miller, Michael H., Rozalia Jovanovic, Dan Duray, Andrew Russeth, “The 15 Hottest Artists of the Summer.” Gallerist NY. 24 July 2012. Web.

Smith, Matt. “Le Sigh: Gina Beavers at Nudashank.” New American Paintings. 24 Feb. 2012. Web.

Russeth, Andrew. “Gina Beavers, ‘Tapestry Embrace’ at PACS Gallery.” 16 Miles of String. 1 Sept. 2011. Web.

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