without a clear discernible image: Kevin Beasley

February 6 – April 30, 2020
1st Floor

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A solo exhibition by Kevin Beasley, produced on site at A4. 

For the month leading up to without a clear discernible image, Kevin Beasley converts A4's gallery into his studio.

The exhibition is a composition of “[F]ragments, quotations, samples – these are the parts that make the whole. A basketball, a moon boot, dried flowers, a fishing net, a skirt" writes Lucienne Bestall. "Beasley is preoccupied, above all, with provenance, with the inheritance of found objects, scenes and sounds" (Bestall, 2020).

Kevin Beasley was born in 1985 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and lives in Harlem, New York. He earned his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2007, and his MFA from Yale University in 2012.

The found objects carry the traces of their inhabitants. Sean O' Toole writes of the "scavenger's hauls" which, together with resin, form the material of Beasley's sculptures and assemblages. The exhibition "subtly reframes the history and politics of cotton... to address a local economic truth: Africa is a net exporter of cotton but a net importer of textiles and clothing, most notoriously of Western cast-offs" (O' Toole, 2020).

The exhibition features new sculpture, works on paper, landscape photographs and an audio installation, for which the show is named. This is Beasley's first exhibition on the continent.

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Studio Assistant:
Shani Strand

Nisha von Carnap

Photo/video documentation & exhibition installation:
Kyle Morland

Print media:
Ben Johnson

Special thanks to Casey Kaplan, Veronica Levitt, and Katherine Brinson


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