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Kim Beck

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts


Through a range of materials and processes, I create landscapes that teeter between fiscal cliffs and booming developments. Electrical transformers, cell towers, self-storage sheds and billboards grow like invasive species while drawings of weeds create mutated landscapes—alien-but-familiar spaces in a continuous state of flux. In this piece, the image of a half-built house is drawn, repeated and cut out. Graphite lines describe and fracture the structure they represent. Drawn at 6x8 feet, the piece destabilizes the viewer who tries to piece together an image that is constantly shifting.


Kim Beck grew up in Colorado and currently lives in Pittsburgh. Her work has been shown on the High Line, at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Warhol Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Omi International Arts Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, Yaddo, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center, & VCCA and has received awards from ARS Electronica, Pollock-Krasner, Heinz Foundation, Thomas J. Watson Foundation and Printed Matter. Beck has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University. She is represented by Mixed Greens, NYC and Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia and is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon.