John Beadle’s “Splinters and Shards” – •

TERN Gallery lately introduced “Splinters and Shards,” a solo exhibition of recent sculptures by Nassau-based artist and sculptor John Beadle. The exhibition runs from December 11, 2021 to January 22, 2022, with an artist reception on Saturday, December 11 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. “Splinters and Shards” marks Beadle’s first exhibition with TERN.

On this new physique of labor, Beadle combines pure and manufactured supplies to create items that reference and warp their unique varieties. Beadle, who skilled as a painter and printmaker, applies an identical angle towards materiality in these sculptures. These new works are examples of Beadle’s capability to merge portray, sculpture and set up, making a wealthy sense of line, dimension and texture.

Beadle’s carbonized mahogany carvings fuse a wide range of pure wooden textures into single compositions. In his round wall sculptures, spherical indentations, thinly etched traces and curving hollows mimic the assorted textures discovered naturally in wooden, permitting these totally different patterns to mix into each other. These pure patterns are echoed within the grain of the wooden itself, which stays a distinguished function of those items regardless of the carbonization of the wooden. The artist contrasts his round carvings with two freestanding, upright picket sculptures. The pure form of the tree is referenced in these rectangular items, persevering with the motifs of naturalistic linework and engravings. Beadle sees all of his wooden carvings as a sort of drawing—besides that as an alternative of including onto the present materials, these carvings require him to subtract from it, as one would do to a wooden block for printmaking.

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[Shown above: John Beadle’s “Ambers and Embers,” 2021, Mahogany and metal, 52.25 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and TERN Gallery.]


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