Gina Beavers “The Life I Deserve”


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MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of New York-based painter Gina Beavers (American, b. 1974), who transforms digital images appropriated from social media and the Internet into thickly layered compositions that border on sculpture. Across a recurring repertoire of subject matter―from photos hashtagged “#FoodPorn” to step-by-step cosmetics tutorials―Beavers’s work offers uncanny and often unsettling visions of our digitally mediated lives. Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve surveys the artist’s recent work through more than forty paintings made over the past decade.

Built up through dense accumulations of acrylic medium or foam and imbued with almost cinematic color, Beavers’s works are at once repulsive and alluring, highlighting the gap between our digital and physical lives and how we consume, desire, and fashion ourselves to reflect contemporary culture. Deriving their titles from the captions or comments that originally accompanied her source imagery, Beavers actively anticipates that her works will be posted, shared, and re-shared across online platforms. Although composed from social media streams and destined to be reabsorbed by them, the stubborn materiality of Beavers’s paintings resists the logic of digital reproduction.

Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve is organized by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.



from March 31, 2019 to September 02, 2019


Gina Beavers

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