Jake Beckman: Embodied

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Artist Interview in The Plain Dealer by Steve Litt (pdf)

Jake Beckman’s installations and sculpture seek to reveal and explore the complexities of the hidden mechanical constructions that support and make possible our modern existence. By a restructuring of these “mechanical ecosystems,” Beckman transposes them from the practical and mundane into a fantastical realm to reveal their inherent marvelousness and complex interdependency of the post-industrial world. Beckman’s installations often intrude into the building’s internal structures, and past work has exposed and enhanced typewriters, electrical conduits, aluminum studding systems, and the layers of an asphalt street.

Beckman, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in Art (2005), has worked as a researcher in a genetics lab at Case Western School of Medicine, assistant to a construction manager, and Technical Associate in the Sculpture Department of the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has recently returned from New York to re-establish a studio in the Cleveland area in anticipation of pursuing a MFA in Sculpture. His work has been exhibited at SPACES, The Sculpture Center, and Progressive Corporation (all Cleveland, OH), among other places, and is held in the collections of The Progressive Corporation and Swarthmore College.



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