Chris Beeston: Purpose

Patrick Parrish Gallery is pleased to present Purpose, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Chris Beeston. Opening on November 3rd, the show will feature pieces from Beeston’s wide-ranging body of work, including his latest lamps, stereos, and sculptures.

Through resurrecting obsolete technology and diverting colorful plastic containers away from becoming landfill waste, Beeston’s practice has evolved to focus upon breathing unexpected purpose into mundane objects and gutter grist. Wielding his passion for science and electronics, Beeston’s ongoing series of Tupperware lighting continues to push the boundaries of these common homeware vessels by converting them into increasingly refined, illuminated sculptures. His work with stereos and musical electronics has resulted in objects like an abandoned speaker found on the sidewalk transforming into a centerpiece fit for a party, complete with bass-synced LEDs and a rotating confetti of lights. Clipboards holding Beeston’s fan-art style graphite drawings have also alchemized into transfixing stereos that can play entire albums out of homemade speaker coils.

Through elevating even the most ordinary of items into unexpectedly mesmerizing creations, Beeston’s work invites viewers to appreciate the vast potential of functional objects and encourages us all to become curious about the everyday materials that we may be overlooking.

An opening reception will be held from 6 pm - 9 pm on November 3rd and the show will run through December 17th. We hope to see you there!