Materials:Photograph, Wood, Glass
Physical Object Description:Reproduction of large plank. Each part signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘FIGURE (PART 3) 2008 Ed. 2/2 R Beasley’ on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number 2 from an edition of 2.
Dimensions:102.5 x 154.5 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of Leeds Art Gallery, 2013/14
Ownership history:Purchased at auction from Phillips by the Contemporary Art Society at the sale: Under the Influence, 11 December 2013, lot 82, with support from Leeds Art Gallery; presented to Leeds Art Gallery, 2014
Figure (Part 3) is from a series of works depicting constructed objects which possess a profound ambiguity: they seem to suggest a ‘use’, which is then denied by depicting a type of plank used in construction work, but quite useless as a plank. The work can be linked to Beasley’s time spent in Athens in 2004, when, she says, she ‘became interested in temporary structures which appeared and disappeared daily in a city under rapid reconstruction and modernisation. I began to think of buildings as a potential still life.’
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