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Michael Beatty: Polysemy

March 7, 2020 – April 4, 2020

The title of Michael Beatty’s third show with the gallery is “Polysemy”, which is defined as ‘the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase’.

Beatty’s sculptural works investigate a hierarchy of focus and support through a dialog between digital and handmade forms. Density and levity are sometimes obvious and sometimes hidden. Shapes repeat as patterns, yet are varied and altered. In this exhibition, architecture, art, nature and science balance each other within Beatty’s formal explorations.

“I see great psychological potential in object-making: the way in which objects transcend their function use to become placeholders of memory and contemplation.”

The images one sees, the objects one uses and the way one navigates these are intermingled, in contemporary life.  Beatty’s work reframes this mix as forever alterable.  In the installation, The Garden of Algorithmic Delights as well as in individual works, “Polysemy” demonstrates how group and individual, alike and different, balance and topsy-turvy, are equally important in thinking about the world and how one engages with it.

“I’m interested in the intersection of science and mathematics, but more from a psychological or even philosophical point of view. Science can get very strange as we reach the limits of our understanding…”

Michael Beatty received his MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. His sculptural works and drawings have been exhibited nationally and are included in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and numerous other public and private collections.  A recipient of grants from the Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Boltolph Foundation, Beatty has also been a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome and was awarded two residency grants at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at College of the Holy Cross where he teaches sculpture and three-dimensional design.

Works In Exhibition

Exhibition View

Michael Beatty Exhibition View
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Scaffold

Michael Beatty Scaffold 2019 Birch plywood, resin and paint

15 x 40 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (38.1 x 102.9 x 26.7 cm)
Stamped, signed and dated on reverse in ink
(Inventory #31487)

Luster

Michael Beatty Luster 2019 Wood, stainless steel with bronze and wax

11 1/2 x 6 x 5 inches (29.2 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm)
Stamped, signed and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #31482)

Flipside

Michael Beatty Flipside 2018 PLA print, plaster, plywood, and milk paint

10 x 5 1/2 x 5 inches (25.4 x 14 x 12.7 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #30846)

Evensteven

Michael Beatty Evensteven 2018 PLA print with plaster and paint on wood base

6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (16.5 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm)
Signed and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #31485)

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Counterpoint

Michael Beatty Counterpoint 2018 PLA print, plaster, plywood, and milk paint

9 x 5 x 4 inches (22.9 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm)
Stamped, signed and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #30847)

Stray

Michael Beatty Stray 2018 PLA print with epoxy on soapstone base

8 x 6 1/2 x 6 inches (20.3 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm)
(Inventory #31484)

Wherewithal

Michael Beatty Wherewithal 2018 Wood, PLA print and plaster

12 x 5 x 5 inches (30.5 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
Stamped, signed and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #31483)

Inside Out

Michael Beatty Inside Out 2020 Birch plywood, resin, welded steel and paint

15 x 16 x 10 inches (38.1 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm)
Signed and dated on bottom in ink
(Inventory #31481)

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Compass

Michael Beatty Compass 2020 Nylon, resin, birch plywood, stainless steel with bronze and paint

65 x 40 x 40 inches (165.1 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm)
(Inventory #31492)

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Garden of Algorithmic Delights

Michael Beatty Garden of Algorithmic Delights 2018 Mixed media in ten parts on handmade wooden table

34 x 76 x 48 inches (86.4 x 193 x 121.9 cm)
Various elements signed and dated in ink
(Inventory #31399)

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Equipoise

Michael Beatty Equipoise 2018 Birch plywood, nylon and paint

17 x 9 x 9 inches (43.2 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse in ink
(Inventory #31488)

Shift

Michael Beatty Shift 2019 SLS print, birch plywood and paint

18 x 7 x 7 inches (45.7 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Stamped “MB” and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31398)

Spellbound

Michael Beatty Spellbound 2018 PLA print, plaster and paint

6 x 6 1/2 x 4 inches (15.2 x 16.5 x 10.2 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse in ink
(Inventory #31490)

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Hew

Michael Beatty Hew 2018 PLA print, plaster and paint

7 1/2 x 7 x 4 1/4 inches (19.1 x 17.8 x 10.8 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse in ink
(Inventory #31491)

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Invert

Michael Beatty Invert 2018 PLA print and paint

5 1/2 x 4 x 2 1/2 inches (14 x 10.2 x 6.4 cm)
Signed and dated on reverse in ink
(Inventory #31489)

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