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Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve

March 31 – September 2, 2019

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of New York-based painter Gina Beavers (American, b. 1974), who transforms digital images appropriated from social media and the Internet into thickly layered compositions that border on sculpture. Across a recurring repertoire of subject matter―from photos hashtagged “#FoodPorn” to step-by-step cosmetics tutorials―Beavers’s work offers uncanny and often unsettling visions of our digitally mediated lives. On view from March 31 through September 2, 2019, Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve surveys the artist’s recent work through more than forty paintings made over the past decade.

Built up through dense accumulations of acrylic medium or foam and imbued with almost cinematic color, Beavers’s works are at once repulsive and alluring, highlighting the gap between our digital and physical lives and how we consume, desire, and fashion ourselves to reflect contemporary culture. Deriving their titles from the captions or comments that originally accompanied her source imagery, Beavers actively anticipates that her works will be posted, shared, and re-shared across online platforms. Although composed from social media streams and destined to be reabsorbed by them, the stubborn materiality of Beavers’s paintings resists the logic of digital reproduction.

Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve is organized by Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.

Major support is provided by Robert Blumenthal, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and by The Tom Slaughter Exhibition Fund.

Additional funding is provided by the Ava Olivia Knoll Fund and the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

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Gina Beavers. Smoky Eye Tutorial. 2014. Acrylic and wood on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Mona Lisa Nail. 2015. Acrylic on linen panel. Courtesy the artist.

Gina Beavers. Cake. 2015. Acrylic on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Who Has Braces? 2014. Acrylic and wood on canvas panel with wood frame. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Tag Yourself. 2016.  Acrylic on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Kimchi Hot Dogs. 2014. Acrylic and wood strips on canvas panel. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Dice Nails. 2014. Acrylic on canvas panel with wood frame. Courtesy the artist

Gina Beavers. Local Pasteurized Beef. 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist