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Gabriele Beveridge

artist with a subtle brand of retro futurism...

Gabriele Beveridge

I see the world of things that we exist within more as different states of being. I've always thought of materials in this way, rather than an '80s talk on found vs made...

Why Can’t I Be You,
Magazine pages, glass, rock, frame, spray paint.
62 x 40 cm

Hong Kong born, London based, Gabriele Beveridge‘s art is at once deeply nostalgic – recalling ’80s fashion and marketing campaigns – and wondrously futuristic, materials like citrine crystals offering up a curiously dated take on ‘life on mars’. Far flung fantasies, fashion, otherworldliness – Beveridge’s work is fanciful, beautiful and powerfully alluring.

Finding time in between creating seductive visions of retro-future fashion, and selling apples (yes, really) – Gabriele is gearing up for a show at Rod Barton, London, that runs from 1st November through ’til 8th December. We caught a few moments with the talented young artist to find out more…

Gabriele Beveridge

Untitled,
Magazine pages, glass, frame, spray paint.
84 x 42 cm

Gabriele Beveridge

In a normal world I’d be there (installation), 2012
Steel, sun-faded office screens, hand-made glass,
Great Yarmouth sand, marble, quartz geode,
found photographic prints, birch stick,
handmade glass, rocks and minerals,
weathered wood, spray paint.

You were born in Hong Kong, how long have you been in London?

Four years.

Do you think location effects creativity?

Yes.

Your work is an unusual mix of photography, sculpture and conceptual art… I’m assuming from the presumed date of the images that the photography isn’t your own, can you tell us a little about the process, and what’s involved in your works?

There is always a tension at work between the materiality of the magazine pages and posters I use and the interior materiality of images. Through various uses of framing, assemblage, spray paint, etc, I try to assimilate and collapse imagery into itself.

I see the world of things that we exist within more as different states of being. I’ve always thought of materials in this way, rather than an ’80s talk on found vs made. Sometimes I discover a material that gives an expression to one of these states and maybe it will find its way into a finished work. Our way of looking today places a kind of ‘time signature’ upon everything – there’s no neutral – so I like to explore that. When I’m working on something that’s how I’m making connections, and I’m also looking for how these material differences come together and hold each other in tension.

I’m interested in how images penetrate into our daily lives through various mediums of reproduction and I try to extend them utilising subtle, sculptural interventions- the formal result very much comes out of these intuitions and sensitivities. It’s an aggregate of the relations rather than a planned effect.

Gabriele Beveridge

In a normal world I’d be there (installation), 2012
Steel, sun-faded office screens, hand-made glass,
Great Yarmouth sand, marble, quartz geode,
found photographic prints, birch stick,
handmade glass, rocks and minerals,
weathered wood, spray paint.

Gabriele Beveridge

Less is pretty much the same, 2012
Magazine pages, frames, chip foam,
necklaces, spray-paint
33 x 140 cm

What annoys you?

List too long and protean.

Where would we find you hanging out at the weekend?

I wish I could hang out but I work on weekends, selling apples at markets- that’s where you’d find me!

Have you any hidden talents?

I hope not.

Any forthcoming projects or exhibitions you’d care to share with us?

I have a solo show opening at Rod Barton at the beginning on 1st November.

Gabriele Beveridge

Gathering Evidence,
Magazine pages, handmade glass,
peacock ore, wood,
glass globe, frame.
160 x 53 x 8 cm

Gabriele Beveridge

‘waiter, there’s a ____ in my soup’,
Magazine, wood, glass, spray-paint,
citrine crystals.
35 x 53 x 4 cm

Gabriele Beveridge

In a normal world I’d be there (installation), 2012
Steel, sun-faded office screens, hand-made glass,
Great Yarmouth sand, marble, quartz geode,
found photographic prints, birch stick,
handmade glass, rocks and minerals,
weathered wood, spray paint.

Gabriele Beveridge

In a normal world I’d be there (installation), 2012
Steel, sun-faded office screens, hand-made glass,
Great Yarmouth sand, marble, quartz geode,
found photographic prints, birch stick,
handmade glass, rocks and minerals,
weathered wood, spray paint.

Gabriele Beveridge

None of your ponies were ridden for nearly a year, 2012
Steel, magazine pages, frames,
spray paint, office screen,
170 x 32 cm

All images Gabriele Beveridge, 2012 © Gabriele Beveridge, courtesy Rod Barton, London

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