Kevin Beasley confronts the expectations one might have of the personal, corporeal elements included in his sculptures, photographs, and sound performances. His sculptures have a radical tactility to them—created from resin or polyurethane foam Beasley generates his composites in the half-hour it takes them to dry. Slices of clothing and discarded studio debris are gathered, then mutated, to expand upon the cultural implications of object-hood and his own upbringing. Resultant objects and sounds in his performances are alter-egos of their original forms, expanding upon their original connotations and functions while garnering new ones.
Beasley has held two prominent residencies in New York, at MoMA PS 1 and The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2013. His work is exhibited internationally on a regular basis and has been seen at institutions including The Glass House, New Canaan, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, among others. He has also performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Queens Museum of Art, New York, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial, among others.