Kevin Beasley, b. 1985, Lynchburg, VA. Lives and works in New York, NY
Kevin Beasley creates work that occupies and explores sound and sculpture and is often comprised of materials that hold an individual significance to the artist and serve a sonic function in the space they are exhibited. These are works that explore issues of emotional residue and accumulation whilst drawing on wider contexts of race and identity. Beasley pushes the boundaries of his practice, corporeally working with sound to create soundscapes such as in … for this moment, this moment is yours … (2013) a reel to reel tape player with reels fitted with 4000 cassette tapes wound so they play both sides simultaneously. Creating an uncanny soundscape that swaps between recordings of music, spoken word and overdubbed live performances, history, memory and identity are conjured and confused by the sounds as they play. Beasley often re-contextualizes existing materials and references to create a new narrative with their physicality. This can be seen in Billy’s Clubs (2017): a sculpture including a set of thrift store golf clubs with the brand name ‘Billy Club’, and a police baton colloquially referred to by the same name.