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OPENINGS: GABRIELE BEVERIDGE

Gabriele Beveridge, Untitled, 2016, found poster, handblown glass, artist’s frame, 24 3⁄4 × 16 × 7 7⁄8".

GABRIELE BEVERIDGE’S works dip into the dream life of consumer culture to deliver a contemporary vanitas attuned to the temporality of modern commodities, on-demand objects whose promises of “forever” are only as good as the next upgrade. Rather than present a critique of commodity goods by way of simulation, Beveridge takes the cosmetic mechanisms that prop up consumer desire and carries them to their logical extreme. Her assemblages put display on display, spotlighting the modular shelves that populate the innards of high-street shops: steel pegboard panels, “slatwall” panels, chrome fittings—humble contraptions streamlined for flexibility and lightning-speed turnover. Unlike Haim Steinbach, who has used similar shelving systems specifically for their functional value, Beveridge approaches retail architecture as raw material, a ready-made paean to the transience of retail trends

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