13 Pieces, 17 Feet

Becky Beasley (in collaboration with Chris Sharp)
Michael Dean: Government talks series
6th June 2012
Henry Moore Institute seminar room, 6pm

Becky Beasley and Chris Sharp, 'Park Nights', performed by Melanie Wilson. Image courtesy of Becky Beasley.

Our current exhibition Government presents newly commissioned work that reimagines Galleries 1, 2 & 3 of the Institute. Dean has invited artists to make use of the exhibition space and his sculptures, as projection screens and sound stages. In June Becky Beasley is Dean's guest.

Becky Beasley's 13 pieces, 17 feet works with the photographer Eadweard Muybridge's extraordinary 1878 panoramic photograph of San Francisco. Performed by writer, performer and sound artist Melanie Wilson, this monologue in thirteen parts uses multiple voices to follow an alternating structure between historical fictions and abstract texts. Beasley's 2012 solo exhibitions are at Laura Bartlett Gallery, Tate Modern, and Spike Island.

Becky Beasley was born in 1975 in Portsmouth, England, and currently lives and works in St Leonards on Sea. Beasley participated in Slow Movement at Kunsthalle Bern (2009), Word Event at Kunsthalle Basel (2008) and The Malady of Writing at MACBA (2009-2010). In 2010 she was commissioned by Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston and the Serpentine Pavilion to produce her first institutional projects. She was also selected for the British Art Show 7. In 2009 she published her second artist's book, Thomas Bernard Malamud. Beasley will be presenting a performative text conceived by herself and artist Chris Sharp and performed by actress and artist Melanie Wilson. She is represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London and Francesca Minini, Milan.  She has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Laura Bartlett Gallery, Tate Modern, Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon, and Spike Island, Bristol.

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