Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Jake Beckman

Cleveland, OH
June - August, 2012

Jake Beckman - Feature

Jake Beckman's sculptures and installations reference the visual language of industry and the ingredients of the built environment— coal, sand, iron ore—to explore the memory of a time when Americans were more intimately connected to the processes that constructed and sustained their material world. He seeks to understand the contradiction between “progress” (especially western notions of growth and civilization) and impermanence, and humanity’s role in a larger ecological context.

Jake Beckman grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. His work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in Ohio, Rhode Island and New York City, including Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and a solo show at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland. His work is included in the collections of the Progressive Corporation and Swarthmore College. He has completed several public art projects, including “rotaflora” in Cleveland, winner of the Trails and the Arts Award from the American Trail Association. He has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. He graduated with a B.A in Art from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and M.F.A. in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in Rhode Island. He lives and works in Philadelphia and is currently a visiting professor at Swarthmore College.

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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Omaha, NE 68102
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