Chris Beeston

CHRIS BEESTON (b. 1985) grew up in North Carolina and moved to New York after receiving a BA in Studio Art from Davidson College in 2008. Initially drawn to making intricate geometric sculptures, his work has since expanded toward functional objects, including lamps and stereos. His lamps, fabricated mostly out of dollar store food containers and other household hardware, speak to the idea of design via misuse – a quest to transcend and elevate even the most mundane of items. He is currently designing a series of unique, fully functioning stereos by hand; While some people are creating their own audio equipment these days, nearly no one is crafting speaker systems from scratch like Beeston (let alone rigging them to materials such as clipboards). His fascination with household goods highlights a belief that people desire deeper, more emotional connections with their surroundings.

Beeston’s studio is currently based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He worked as a studio assistant to Tom Sachs for over a decade, where he specialized in customized electronics as well as sculpture fabrication. He is represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery and his work has been exhibited at Fisher Parrish Gallery, Ok Gallery, Coustof Waxman, Colette, and The Hole.

(Photo Credit: Chris Beeston)