For five years, New York–based artist Gina Beavers has been scrolling through Instagram hashtags such as #foodporn, #sixpack, and #makeuptutorial, and working up the images she finds with bulky layers of acrylic so that her bulging, brittle, broad-brush paintings have a material heft that belies the intangible form in which she first encounters her sources. Recently, Beavers appears to have cut back on her fervent social-media consumption. Maybe she’s been spending her time watching television sports instead. For her show titled “Tennis Ball Yellow”referring to a fluorescent color specially designed in 1972 to improve the ball’s visibility for fans watching from home on color TV setsBeavers made paintings of sports balls, paint boxes, and various combinations of motifs both old and new.
The balls, formed from papier-mâché, a new material in Beavers’s relief-making
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