Beck Slack

Student Artist-in-Residence 2020-21
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Artist Statement

My work becomes a kind of mapping of my own physicality through the objects that either define, or subvert, my own understanding of reality. The work might not even be considered as my work, but more so a curation of objects that I enable. These objects reveal themselves and trace relations to my own temporality. This tracing creates what I’ve recently deemed as an ontological cartography that encapsulates the circumstances of both their environment, and mine. I attempt to delineate certain feelings of being withdrawn from oneself through a constant search to draw out the ambiguity within the ownership of my own being. In the use of poetry, photography, and video, I navigate the world's current post-industrial condition in an attempt to deconstruct my own ecological understanding through glimpses of liminal debris.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Beck is a senior at University of Wisconsin-Stout, majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in photography. They currently work at Stout’s Furlong Gallery, Darkroom, and Sculpture lab. Their practice is one that develops a poetic language through the relations formed between sculpture and photography. Along with their studies, Beck is working towards a future career in arts administration and community organization. After Stout, they hope to attend a curatorial graduate program abroad, and return to the developing Twin Cities art community.