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View of Becky Beasley, 2014. From left: Fall I, 2014; Bearing III, 2014; Bearing II, 2014; Fall III, 2014.

Becky Beasley

Francesca Minini

View of Becky Beasley, 2014. From left: Fall I, 2014; Bearing III, 2014; Bearing II, 2014; Fall III, 2014.

Three bronze branches, each suspended horizontally from the ceiling by a brass rod, slowly rotated in the main gallery of Francesca Minini for the duration of Becky Beasley’s recent exhibition. Powered by small motors, the sculptures spun at one and a half rotations per minute—like disco balls in a dance hall. For this series, “Bearing” (all works 2014), the artist cast broken fragments of twigs in bronze, then recombined and fused them together to create longer forms. The branches incorporated into the sculptures here were collected by the artist’s father in her hometown of Portsmouth, UK, following the St. Jude storm in late October 2013, which blew down many trees throughout the region. Perhaps this occurrence inspired Beasley’s preoccupations with both the autumn season and the idea of falling, conflated in this exhibition by the single word that formed the title of the

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