In Pursuit of Form & Feeling

Co-curated by Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue, Director | The Bruce Beasley Foundation
Produced by Samuel Lopez De Victoria, Director | Interactive Initiative

From May 20 through July 8, 2021, The City of Pembroke Pines and the Frank Art Gallery hosted a solo exhibition that centered on the exploration of shape within the gravity-free studio of sculptor Bruce Beasley. Through virtual reality technologies that record the spontaneous movements of his arms and hands, the artist creates and directs an unbridled flow of shapes just as a conductor conducts music. These captured forms are released from the interference of gravity and are suspended in virtual three dimensional space at the artist's will, enabling Beasley to move, stretch and intertwine gestures until some emotive resonance emerges from within the arrangement. With this purist ambition at heart, the artist seamlessly translates an otherwise techy VR methodology into a natural tool for intuitive mark-making. After sixty years of strict loyalty to working only in three dimensions, Beasley’s VR-induced two dimensional collages reveal a refined mode of sketching that oscillates naturally between the classic modernist concerns of form and process.

Click and drag to see panoramic view. Click icon at upper right to enter full screen. Navigate from circle to circle to explore. Click on each work of art to see enlarged frontal view.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.
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