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)