Regen Projects is pleased to present Selected Bodies of Work, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty. The show features a group of interrelated photographs, sculptures, ceramics, and collages that address bodies and labor as they are rendered visible in or on the art object. This is the artist's second solo presentation at the gallery.
On display are photograms made in the darkroom through a fixed set of predetermined constraints. Beshty's RA4 Contact Prints are produced on the now aging, and quickly deteriorating color processor on which he created his previous non-figurative color photographic works. Serrated color bands stripe their surfaces, an imprint of the processor's interior that results from its frequent jamming and misalignment, acting as indexes of the machine's near failure. In another series of photographic works, the Cross-Contaminated RA4 Contact Prints, traces of hands and their contact with the surface of the photograph during exposure are visible, emphasizing the often invisible forces of labor inherent in the production of the photograms. Furthering some of the more visceral aspects of mechanical breakdown are the deconstructed computers, printers, projectors, and scanners which
struggle to perform their intended functions while skewered on aluminum rods.