Biography

Andrew Beck’s works are striking for their formal precision. His practice combines site- specific installation, photography and aspects of painting, and he is particularly well-known for his photograms (camera less photography). As Christina Barton said in an article, ‘despite the analogue nature of his practice, Beck is the product of our digital era. He is embedded in a system in which actual space and present time blur seamlessly with a screen-centric domain in which images swirl, where distances collapse and multiple temporalities coexist. In this new condition the call to medium specificity seems redundant, for now things and their representations merge and blur; place and non-place, past and present fluidly intermingle.’ 

 

Beck was awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency in Captiva Florida in 2019. His work is held in the collections of Victoria University Wellington, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Beck has exhibited widely in New Zealand and internationally and is regularly curated into important exhibitions including Emanations, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; Trace of Existence, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and The Specious Present, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington. Beck lives and works in New Zealand. 

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