For his solo show Rubbings, Beasley presents a constellation of objects, instruments and locally sourced artifacts embedded with microphones. Collecting the sounds of the space as visitors navigate the installation, the objects disperse atmospheric reverberations through speakers located in various rooms within the institution. Distinguishing between and amplifying aural and visual experiences, the artist establishes a sensory space for communal reflection.
The exhibition’s title, Rubbings, draws from the term used for a reproduction, or impression, of an image or texture created from overlain material such as paper rubbed with pencil or wax to transmit and relocate the underlying design. This transference of information is not unlike Beasley’s exploration of a locale’s cultural residue – the resounding effects of a site’s social, economic and geographic history on the temperament of the present. Incorporating nationalistic patterns and textures found at a local flea market into his ongoing series of resin sculptures, Beasley merges, layers, and extracts new meaning through material and bodily encounters.
Rubbings by Kevin Beasley
Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga
Through January 21, 2018