Walead Beshty’s sculptures reveal the means of their own installation.
Artist and photographer Walead Beshty was born in 1976 in London and studied art at Bard College and the Yale University School of Art.
His work mimics photographic processes and relies on its external environment to create meaning. He has shipped glass boxes using FedEx shipping, relying on the movers to create the finished piece. In one recent series, he built copper slabs that clearly reflect the finger prints of those who installed them.
“Art itself has the potential to democratize aesthetics and reimagine aesthetic production as communal, available and non-hierarchical,” Beshty once said in an interview. “I like the idea of demystifying aesthetics by communicating that we can all make aesthetic objects; it’s not simply for those with capital or power.”
His work has shown at P.S. 1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Beshty lives and works in Los Angeles.
Besthy’s work is on view as part of the New Skin exhibition at the Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib.