“Rendered with an unsettling degree of realism, Beavers’ 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.”
Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Associate at MoMA PS1.
Born in Athens, Greece in 1974, Gina Beavers lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005). An anthropological curiosity is evident in her observation of social media. Drawing upon online trends and fetishes for her source material, such as ‘food porn’, bodybuilders’ selfies, or makeup tutorials for transvestites on Pinterest, her paintings transfer flat-screen images into bulging textural painting reliefs with a physical, sculptural presence, akin to Claes Oldenburg’s deflated realism. In monumentalising these found images from an identifiably American consumer culture, her works become both a resistance to the ephemerality of social media and a profound questioning of its projection of promised perfection through consumption and transformation.
In March 2019, MoMA PS1 opened Beavers’ first solo museum exhibition, ‘Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve’, accompanied by the artist’s first monograph. Other previous solo exhibitions include ‘Gina Beavers. Autofiction’ at the Neuer Achener Kunstverein, September 2021, Marianne Boesky, New York, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; Carl Kostyál, London and Milan; James Fuentes, New York; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Cheim and Read, New York; and Canada Gallery, New York, among others. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Kentucky Museum of Contemporary Art, Louisville; the Nassau County Museum of Art, New York, the Flag Art Foundation, New York; the William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut; Abrons Art Center, New York and most recently ‘Friends and Friends of Friends’ curated by Oli Epp at the Schlossmuseum Linz, Austria.
Beavers will have a solo exhibition at Carl Kostyál Hospitalet, Stockholm in 2022.