Jeffrey Beebe "The Ape Machine"

Lyons Wier Gallery

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The Ape Machine, Jeffrey Beebe's first New York solo exhibition of new watercolor and mixed media works on paper on view from June 26th – July 26th, 2008.

The Ape Machine is a ubiquitous and parasitic narrative factory that uses a mélange of mischievous mythical characters to illustrate very real feelings such as fear, love, loathing, solitude, etc. Beebe animates his work with strange and fictitious figures such as ‘Popular Charlie', ‘Sometimes Girlfriend', ‘Allfur', ‘Zuggmoy', and ‘Sonasty' whom he peppers throughout his current series.

These demonstrative compositions are fractured vignettes that draw upon the artist's personal views and experiences within an elusive social environment. Influenced by Surrealism, cartoons and Japanese film, Beebe pours his psyche upon the audience, exposing his innermost fantasies and concerns. Initially construed as an enormous boiling pot of discordant imagery, Beebe's seemingly chaotic drawings actually offer a linear narrative that is equally surprising and sound.

Beebe's dexterous illustrations further his ability to heighten his storytelling prowess with the subtlest of marks. His delicately rendered fictionalized characters are curious combinations of brutishness and banality. Through a freakish amalgamation of styles and stories, Beebe's bizarre arrangements set the viewer down a profound path of visceral and emotional experiences.

Jeffrey Beebe graduated with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and BFA from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, in 1999. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



from June 26, 2008 to July 26, 2008
Artist's Reception: June 26th 6-9pm


Jeffrey Beebe

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