In "Smoky Eye Every Step", Gina Beavers (b. 1974; Athens, Greece) represents different stills from a make-up tutorial on YouTube. In this way, the artist not only blurs the lines between high and low brow, merging the two in her artistic practice, but also points to the ways in which the art of painting and make-up are more similar than they are conceived to be. Within her process, the artist’s conceptual and formal interests converge, as she looks to push the possibilities of paint to its sculptural height while also subverting the flatness of the digital image back into physical form. Mining the ubiquitous imagery that exists in an age of social media, stock photos and the internet, the Beavers’ work speaks to crises of originality in the twenty-first century and represents the structures of desire built into our globalized society.
Bronx, NY, Lehman College Art Gallery, The Eyes Have It, August 31 – November 13, 2021 New York, NY, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Gina Beavers: World War Me, September 15 – October 17, 2020
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