Strange Glow, 2019

Strange Glow is a new series of work in progress, primarily an exercise in compacting disparate sources. As assemblage, these pieces can be described as backdrops of architectural reproduction, super-imposed with seemingly random objects and extracts from the news.

The so called “formatore” or plaster casters of the 19th century, used reproduction as a means of study, for the outlining and defining of architectural canon. In a summarization of western tradition and motif, they later expanded to include the ethnographic, the exotic. Beckett’s selection however, is based on the inhabitants themselves, on the social-political implications of these buildings and their surroundings – at times seemingly circumstantial in terms of the architecture itself. This focus on the people, the users, renders the façades more human and grounded, less grandiose perhaps than their great-grandparent plaster casts of Palais du Trocadéro in Paris.

A contrasting layer of found objects and extracts from the news, mounted directly on the reproductions, seeks not to unpack, but contrast these architectural examples. In an associative chain, these parts look to create a kind of remote magnetism or odd relation of parts, much like the unlikely occurrence of events in life itself (text JB)

James Beckett
DONETSK, 2019
CNC machined wood, over-printed with UV, ink, bronze, oil paint

110 x 169 x 15 cm
James Beckett
DONETSK, 2019
detail
James Beckett
PRAUNHEIM + PERSIAN TURQUOISE, 2019
CNC machined wood, over-printed with UV, ink, mixed products on shelf
200 x 275 x 23 cm
James Beckett
PRAUNHEIM + PERSIAN TURQUOISE, 2019
CNC machined wood, over-printed with UV, ink, mixed products on shelf
200 x 275 x 23 cm (detail)
Reproduction of a door from a late 18th century farmhouse, which was demolished whilst building the Channel Tunnel, the only fixed link between the island of Great Britain and the European mainland. BBC news article, which documents a dangerous online challenge whereby people force a whole light bulb-shaped sweet into their mouth, which then often gets stuck. This can result in choking and even suffocation, as well as potential mechanical injury.
James Beckett
CHUNNEL + LIGHTBULB LOLLY, 2019
CNC machined wood, over-printed with UV, ink, Cast epoxy, steel, polystyrene, mounted laser print
94 x 36 x 7,5 cm
James Beckett
CHUNNEL + LIGHTBULB LOLLY, 2019
CNC machined wood, over-printed with UV, ink, Cast epoxy, steel, polystyrene, mounted laser print
94 x 36 x 7,5 cm(detail)
James Beckett
CROCHET + POISON, 2019
CNC machined wood, glass, Newspapers

255 x 135 x 35 cm
James Beckett
CROCHET + POISON, 2019
CNC machined wood, glass, Newspapers

255 x 135 x 35 cm(detail)