This working group explored the various different aspects of how artistic practice and theory aids in the development of human-centric ecosystems, their biological functionality and the implementation of a living artistic form as a tool for habitat survival and stability.
We began by sharing our interests in the concepts of biology as an artistic medium followed by a look at different technologies and processes which will help guide us through our project’s development.
This group was probiotic. We collaborated, designed and built functional biological systems using readily available materials, found object media and living organic matter. Over the course of our investigations we learned from observation, how these systems inform and affect our processes as makers.
This group met every two weeks in the evenings at Brooklyn Glass, 142 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.
Working Group Members and Bios:
Robert C. Beck, Sarah Max Beck, Josh Raiffe, Kimberly Reinhardt, Laura Arena, Jordan Smith.
Robert C. Beck (group coordinator)
B. 1974, Winter Park, Florida
Beck studied fine art with a concentration in printmaking at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida; then drawing and painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, Connecticut. He was a collaborative master printer for the University of Central Florida’s fine arts press, Flying Horse Editions for ten years. His work appears in the collections of museums, as well as public and private collections, including the city of Winter Park; the Morse Museum of American Art; the Museum of Florida Art and the Timucua Arts Foundation. He currently cooperates a bio-art research project, studio Hydrostatic, with his wife Sarah Max Beck in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah Max Beck (group coordinator)
B. 1984 Tacoma, Washington
Sarah moved to central Florida in 1989 with her family where she grew up along the shores of Lake Harney and the Saint John’s River. She helped raise cattle on her family’s ranch while she studied fine art at the University of Central Florida. After graduating she worked as studio manager for Ke Francis and the Hoopsnake Press. Her work with reclaimed plastics has been included in several exhibitions including the Florida Contemporary at the Orlando Museum of Art. She helped produce work for James Sienna and Flying Horse Editions and is now working in NYC with Hydrostatic by designing and building ecological systems installations. She is also an active NYC bee keeper.