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Ericka Beckman, You the Better, 1983, digital video transferred from 16 mm film, color, sound, 32 minutes.

Ericka Beckman

Kunsthalle Bern

Ericka Beckman, You the Better, 1983, digital video transferred from 16 mm film, color, sound, 32 minutes.

During the 1970s, while in graduate school at CalArts, Ericka Beckman met several other artists who would become prominent figures of her generation—Mike Kelley, Matt Mullican, James Welling, and James Casebere among them. These interlocutors had a lasting impact on her artistic production, which consists primarily of film and video. For one thing, Beckman’s concern with the ways in which sociocultural norms develop and are maintained often coincided closely with Kelley’s. For another, she has been historicized alongside Mullican and Welling, for example in the exhibition “The Pictures Generation” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009. What is more, all of the aforementioned artists appear in Beckman’s works, as evidenced by her first comprehensive retrospective, recently on view at Kunsthalle Bern.

Most of Beckman’s films are populated by actors whose movements are

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