Becky Beasley OUS – behind the scenes of the exhibition

Posted on 7/07/2017

In this video artist Becky Beasley talks about her major commission OUS for Towner Art Gallery.

The exhibition (closing Sunday 9 July) is a response by Beasley to Towner’s major collection of works by Eric Ravilious and the Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship exhibition. In her first work on this scale Beasley takes Ravilious’ watercolour, The Bedstead (1939) as her starting point in a digressive, spatial deconstruction of the painting that melds the domestic with the pastoral.

Unfolding across six room installations, OUS explores Beasley’s ongoing interest in specific qualities raised by Ravilious’s practice: space, flatness, light, abstraction and nature, as well as his creative friendships.

Through the filter of the artist’s deep engagement with the histories and possibilities of photography, the exhibition reflects by turns on themes of gardens, interiors, weather, mourning and human encounter.

Featuring linoleum floor designs, cyanotype prints on vintage French bed linens, ‘shrapnel’ patterns in walls, textile and furniture sculptures, photographs and found objects, these installations can be experienced as a gently unfolding environment in which questions of interior and exterior become blurred. Space can be experienced as an image, through a subtly dreamlike journey, at once pastoral and sensual.