Gabriele Beveridge – Live Dead World

3rd November to 15th December 2018
PV Friday 2nd November 6pm

The first room in Gabriele Beveridge’s solo exhibition, Live Dead World, is bisected by 6 meters of freestanding steel panels. The island/wall is comprised of modular sheets that slot into uprights, supported by a pressed metal base shelf. Some of the panels, uprights and interlocking struts have been recently powder coated, others are covered in a thin patina of grime. The mosaic of colours range from solid white, orange and deep black, to subtle cyan fades, offset by a backdrop of warm grey walls. The slotted steel system also supports a skeleton of chromed bars, upon which sit nebulous orbs of blown glass. The glass moulds itself over the ridges of the chrome in a variety of pastel shades.

The adjacent room is covered from floor to ceiling with white laminated boards, each with numerous aluminium channels inlaid across its surface. Into these grooves slot more polished, chromed fixings and glass shelves, on which found objects and photographs are placed. This modular system is instantly recognisable, the bars usually hold the commercial stock of a shop, clothing or merchandise. Both rooms repurpose systems fabricated for display in retail environments, though not far from their intended use, still recalling their original function. These support systems, mechanisms that the designers hoped would quietly melt into the background, are fore fronted by Beveridge by recombining components into forms that echo minimalist sculpture, taking visible pleasure in formal geometric order combined with pastel tones.

The artist’s materials frequently derive from sites of commerce, particularly those where we prepare and process our bodies, or more accurately where we pay others to perform labour on our surfaces. Display and presentation are persistent themes throughout the practice. Beveridge includes found photographic imagery, cropped posters and promotional material found in hair and nail salons, alongside photograms which are a new addition to the artist’s lexicon. These black and white works are unique exposures of photographic paper, experiments with developing chemicals and light, and like folding glass orbs dispersed through the exhibition, these organic, delicate moments offer a counter point to the geometric, modular, mass-produced systems that Beveridge deploys. Components attached to a chassis. Ornaments arranged across a body.

 

Gabriele Beveridge (b. 1985, Hong Kong) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Soft Shrinking Tremor at Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2017), Eternity Anyways at Chewday’s, London (2016), Mainland at MOT, Brussels (2015), Health and Strength at La Salle de Bains, Lyon and Gold Diamond Park at Elizabeth Dee, New York (2014).

Gabriele Beveridge, Vanillic Acid Damping, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
214 x 603 x 103 cm


Gabriele Beveridge, Vanillic Acid Damping, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
214 x 603 x 103 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Vanillic Acid Damping, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
214 x 603 x 103 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Vanillic Acid Damping, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
214 x 603 x 103 cm

Installation view

Gabriele Beveridge, Cosmetic Universals Choke II, 2018
Photogram, hand-made glass, frame
37 x 25.5 x 8 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Cosmetic Universals Choke III, 2018
Photogram, hand-made glass, frame
37 x 25.5 x 8 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, The Spine through the Guts, 2018
Hand blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
129 x 70 x 42 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, The Spine through the Guts, 2018
Hand blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
129 x 70 x 42 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Memorial, 2018
Mannequin hands, chromed steel shoe racks
96 x 103 x 23 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Memorial, 2018
Mannequin hands, chromed steel shoe racks
96 x 103 x 23 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Desert Growth, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
200 x 130 x 45 cm


Gabriele Beveridge, Desert Growth, 2018
Found steel shop panels, powder-coated steel pegboards, hand-blown glass, chromed steel shop fittings
200 x 130 x 45 cm

Installation view

Gabriele Beveridge, Lock in the Colour You Love, 2018
Found poster, quartz geodes, fan coral, lava rock, glass and chromed steel shop fittings
150 x 82 x 35 cm

Gabriele Beveridge, Perfect Lasting, 2018
Found poster, amethyst, quartz geodes, orange coral, glass and chromed steel shop fittings
110 x 85 x 35 cm