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Rick Beck
American, born 1960

Self-Portrait

2007

Object Type: Glass
Dimensions:
23 1/2 in. x 29 in. x 4 1/2 in. (59.69 cm x 73.66 cm x 11.43 cm)
Medium and Support: Cast and carved glass with steel stand
Accession Number: 2008.0005

Credit Line: Gift of Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Bowen and Carol Ballard, Jim and Jane Barganier, John and Joyce Caddell, Dorothy Cameron, Ben and Virginia Cumbus, Elizabeth Emmet, Bonner and Virginia Engelhardt, Bob and Susan Geddie, Barrie and Laura Harmon, Camille Elebash-Hill and Inge Hill, Paul and Anne Hubbert, Charles and Donna Ingalls, Michael and Allison Ingram, Mike and Kent Jenkins, Mark and Amy Johnson, Joan and James Loeb, James and Margaret Lowder, Michael and Laura Luckett, Alfred Newman, Phillip and Gloria Rawlings, Bruce and Emilie Reid, Adam and Dawn Schloss, James E. Sellars, Charles and Winifred Stakely, Andy and Lisa Weil, Jean Weil, Barry and Corinna Wilson, Drs. Tommy Wool and Laurie Weil, and Anonymous Donor

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Beck created this "Self-Portrait" in his signataure technique of cast glass, which enhances its sense of strength and timelessness. The subdued amber color and stylized human forms suggest to the viewer an emotional rather than intellectual response to this work. The contorted and folded posture suggests a thoughtful, perhaps painful examination—a sense of looking within rather than without for the authentic sense of self. Beck says that his work is, “a synthesis of human and mechanical form...playing with the volume of mass against the rhythm of lines.” Beck works in the cast and carved glass process. He is inspired by industrial and mechanical designs and tools, some of which he uses in his work. His imagery, like this assemblage of forms that ultimately harken back to the shape of a spoon, evolves from a technical appraisal of engineered, functional designs. Beck successfully combines the human and the technical in this introspective work of art.

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