Thomas Beale

Found wood
45 x 38 x 85 inches

Found wood, pigment, paint, fabric, metal, glass
45 x 32 x 30 inches

Found wood, graphite
30 x 28 x 42 inches

Artist Statement
Deep memories of time spent in the woods:  alone, with friends, building, exploring, wondering, aware-ing, becoming.  Much later, what is it I wish to bring into the world?  A reflection back, told through that very medium. 

Wood breathes.  It is both hard, and soft.  Long, long ago, our ancestors climbed down from the trees.  Much later, they harnessed fire.  And sometime thereafter, they built a culture, and civilization– largely from wood.  We take all of this for granted, yet somewhere within, I believe, this is all still a part of us.  We live largely removed from the tumult and wonder of forced survival amidst an untamed environment.  Surely we should be grateful for our circumstances, and yet, for many, I suspect, an ennui can creep in at the edges.  We are not always within our nature, but it is somewhere within us.  This work is a wild, blind reach to something… not always certain, but when it works, for me, it feels right.

Artist Bio
Thomas Beale is a New York-based artist who works primarily with found, natural materials.  In 2008, he founded Honey Space, a non-commercial exhibition space that he operated in Chelsea until 2012.  Exhibitions include Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania, 2013), Family Business (New York, 2013), Moscow Biennial (2011), Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine 2010), amongst others.  Thomas has received numerous honors including grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the U.S.–Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, and has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Pioneer Works, the Watermill Center, and the Vermont Studio Center, amongst others.

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