The VCS Foundation Drawing class meets artist Jeffrey Beebe at BravinLee programs

Jeffrey Beebe gives an artist's talk to the first-year VCS Foundation Drawing students

Jeffrey Beebe gives an artist’s talk to the first-year VCS Foundation Drawing students at BravinLee programs on January 16th, 2015. (This and photos below by Amy Wilson.)

A piece by Jeffrey Beebe screencapped from the BravinLee programs website; click here and here for a closer look.

Jefrey Beebe, Battle of the Invoked Impossibility (or the Folie å Deux), 2014, watercolor, gouache, ink and colored inks on paper, 93.75” x 44.5” (screencapped from the BravinLee programs website; click here, here, and here for a closer look.)

On the first day of class this semester, Amy Wilson’s VCS Foundation Drawing students too a trip to meet artist Jeffrey Beebe at BravinLee programs in Chelsea, where his solo exhibition THE BATTLE OF THE INVOKED IMPOSSIBILITY:
Furthur Adventures in Refractoriaon is on display through February 21st. Beebe spoke with the students for about an hour or so, after which they spent some time looking more closely at the works on display.

BravinLee’s press release presents the following information about the show:

Jeffrey Beebe The Battle of The Invoked Impossibility: Furthur Adventures in Refractoria
January 8-February 21

BravinLee programs is bravely kicking off 2015 with Jeffrey Beebe’s The Battle of The Invoked Impossibility. Though facts are scarce, the wan scholars of esoterica have assembled some information regarding the artist. It is customarily agreed upon that Beebe lives in Brooklyn and received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts; he lives a cloistered, studio-bound life fixating on the creation of his monomaniacal maps, diagrams, genealogical charts, portraits, and other pseudo-archival ephemera. All of these drawings explore Refractoria, an imagino-ordinary world surmised to be equal parts memoir and pure chimera. If he is ever placed on trial, Beebe’s convoluted drawings will be introduced as evidence. These documents are illustrated and signed confessions introduced into the abstruse court of art-world opinion.

__ The following text comes from an authoritative translation of the Bakelite tablets found during the excavation of the ruins of the Buried Library of Graphine Colette. These ruins were revealed after the Considerable Flood of 767 in the muck of the western bank of the Vinegar River in Indianapolis, the City of Impasses. The text included herein is widely attributed to Bashfat the Archivist, well-known scholar of Refractoria. “As is obvious, the entire continent of Refractoria Quintesse is the center of the world, and the western portion of Refractoria is the absolute center of enlightened humanity. Sciences, magicks, astronomy, astrology, alchemy… [unreadable passage]…are all thoroughly mastered in western Refractoria …. ”Little is known (and less believed) about the lands of the eastern portion of Refractoria—the Empressy of the Vast Nonsense holds sway there … [unreadable passage]…it is a wretched hive of scum and villainy bent on introducing deceit, cuckoldry and unbearable saudade upon the mannered peoples of the world….the less said about that the better … “Less still is known about the about the savage inhabitants of the other miserable landmasses—Ovok, the Marsupial Continent; the pathetically sympathetic continent of the Cemetery of Kisses; the absolute aloofness of the continent of Endless Inheadedness … and, finally, the insular and incomprehensible continent of the Land of Temporary Novelty. [Tablet breaks here] …. ” [Final remnant] But such knowledge is, of course, of little use anyway and of no importance to humanity…”

I’ve included a few pictures here that Amy Wilson took during the visit. You can get a closer look at Beebe’s work at his website and his artist’s page on the BravinLee site.

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A detail of The Copper Palanquin, 2990-2010, Ink and gouache on paper, 48” x 96” (Click here and here for a full view and additional details)

A detail of The Copper Palanquin, 2990-2010, Ink and gouache on paper, 48” x 96”. (Click here for a full view and here for additional details.)


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