Art and travel log:



Cities: Works by Stephanie Beck and Kelly Crabtree

I am excited to be showing a large selection of my work, including maps and sculptures, in a two-person exhibition, Cities: Works by Stephanie Beck and Kelly Crabtree at Florida State College at Jacksonville, August 29 - September 20, 2018. 

If you are in Jacksonville during that time please stop by the South Campus Art Gallery, Wilson Center for the Arts, Room 1110, 11901 Beach Blvd. 



Stephanie Beck, House, 2018, matboard, basswood, foamboard, glue, approximately 6 x 3 ft.

A group exhibition of interactive installations and performances by: 
Caleb Nussear, Stephanie Beck, Luiza Kurzyna, Kate Rusek, Sung Jin Choi, Allison Paschke, Peter Kyle
Curated by Allison Paschke

Interaction is typically taboo when appreciating art, especially if it involves touch. In this exhibit, visitors can engage directly with nine sculptures/installations and two performances. By stimulating viewers’ curiosity, these thoughtful artworks potentially offer more memorable, meaningful experiences than those that only appease sight. 

Presented by  

One Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront side of 360 Furman Stree(between Piers 5 + 6),
Brooklyn, NY

One Brooklyn Bridge Park site generously donated by a partnership of RAL CompaniesVanke US and Oliver's Realty Group




November 1, 2017 - March 24, 2018

I am thrilled to be included once again in "Architectures de papier", organized by Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine at Galeries de Forum Meyrin, Meyrin, Switzerland. I will be showing my latest installation, Towers: Forest, as well as Aviary and Neighborhood Arrangements #1: Circle. If you happen to be in Switzerland, please stop by!


 August 23 - October 14, 2017

 I'm honored to join an incredible group of paper artists in "Under the Knife, Contemporary Cut Paper Art" at the Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA.

Curated by Sean Stoops.  


On Saturday, August 12 at 5pm Racoco Productions will perform New Developments at the Wassaic Project's August Festival, Wassaic, NY.  37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY. 


ITINERANT 2017 Performance Art Festival, May 15, Bronx Museum of Art

I am thrilled to be collaborating again with Racoco to present "New Developments" through the ITINERANT 2017 Performance Art Festival at the Bronx Museum of Art the evening of May 15 at the Bronx Museum of Art. 


Where Parallel Lines Meet // Spaces Unbidden and Untamed

I am excited to be part of a two-person exhibition with Derek Frankhouser in a huge raw space through More information below and at the link. 

Where Parallel Lines Meet // Spaces Unbidden and Untamed

470 Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY. April 21 - May 7, 2017

Parallel Lines Meet || Spaces Unbidden and Untamed, chashama's inagural presentation at 470 Vanderbilt, features works by Derek Frankhouser and Stephanie Beck.

Derek Frankhouser's animation and installation works are the result of a practice that begins with drawing and borrows from neuroscience, psychedelic comics, figure drawing, science fiction, and conceptual art. His featured works reconsider truths of visual perception such as the fact that a single image is formed in the mind’s eye from two slightly different images or that an object must shrink as it moves away.

Stephanie Beck sees buildings as "surrogates for ourselves." Interested in the overlap of the internal and external structures that create spaces such as cells, skeletons, and the columnal forms that make up both our bodies and our buildings, Beck's work explores connections between architecture and nature--between "spaces that we construct with precision and those that spring up unbidden and untamed around us." 

Her featured installations consist of multiple modular units (either tall “towers” or cube “cells”), which interact with each other in a diversity of ways--recombining to suggest "architecture" in one configuration and "biological forms" in another. Working primarily with paper, which, while ephemeral, can be surprisingly strong and resilient, all of her work is hand-drawn and cut. Beck's process, time-consuming and meditative, reintroduces the "imperfect human hand" into the production of forms that typically are made to be pristine. Her work is invariably drawn from the buildings and constructions around her, which she distills into simplified forms. She is then able to manipulate these massive structures on a more intimate scale and rearrange them to create new interpretations of place and movement. Through her sculptural work, Beck exposes the fragility and transience within the seemingly static architecture of public and private spaces alike. At the center of this is a feeling of instability and impermanence, which can be both playful and sobering.



I created six new white 38 x 38 in. cut paper maps for Exelon Corporation's new building in Baltimore, MD. See blog for a description. 


Two of my pieces were included in the beautiful "Paper Art 2016 Calendar," published by Schleunungdrucke Inc., Marktheidenfeld, Germany. 






September 5 - October 5, 2016: "A Place in Space," Elizabeth Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC 

August 3 - 28, 2016: "Brooklyn Comes to Westport," Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA



I was recently an Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design Artist Studios program from October  2015 - January 2016, where I staged a public art project, "A City All Connected". The project consisted of an interactive tabletop installation of cut paper buildings that was manipulated by visitors to create a constantly changing cityscape. The interaction explored individual experiences of space and structure as well as our communal experience of a continuously shifting built environment. 


I had a great workshop with families at the Morgan Library & Museum exploring architecture, space, pattern, and decoration to make their own mini-Morgans. We constructed rooms, drew floorplans, planned doors and windows and worked from sketches from the Morgan Library, Rotunda, and Study to add interior details. 




I collaborated with Racoco Productions to present "Unfolding" as part of CollabFest at Triskelion Arts106 Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

"Unfolding" continues the exploration of interaction between performers and paper, in a continued collaboration with visual artist Stephanie Beck, to live music by composer/guitarist Lynn Wright.The fluid relationships between the paper constructions and the performers link architecture and the body, order and absurdity, and evolution and real estate." (Racoco Productions)


 Review of "New Developments", a performance that was part of the Soaking Wet series at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew's West End Theater, Sept 24 - 27, 2015: 


Jonathan Matthews
October 3, 2015 

A mixed Soaking WET bill is a dinner party in a treasure chest. It is the kind of diversity many presenters strive for but rarely can naturally attain. For its thirteenth season, David Parker has gathered ambassadors of multimedia, alienation, world fusion, and age. 

Rachel Cohen opened with New Developments, for a cast of four humans and scores of paper sculptures by Stephanie Beck. Three dancers hold lanky forms, each divided into three segments. They fidget like mutant insect antennae until from under a pile of cubes a concealed Cohen slithers backwards, bringing all three figures to attention on her shedding exoskeleton. She slips into a large cylinder just the right size to reduce her torso to a single moveable joint. The tradeoff seems an improvement in strength at the cost of mobility, but the material is nonetheless soft. While bones must be hard, they require space within. 

Meanwhile, the others stay separate from their structures, adjusting with their hands like chiropractors in training. Against Cohen’s immersive relationship, we see abstracted expressions human relationships on a scale from codependent to negligent within joints interlocking people in a social skeleton.


"New Developments" was part of the Soaking Wet series at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew's West End Theater, 263 West 86th Street, NY, New York, September 24 - September 27. We shared a program with Karen Bernard, Alice Tierstein, and Dierdre Towers.



September - December 2015: Architectures de papier, (traveling exhibition): Mantes la Jolie, Cultural Center Chaplin, France (February 20 - April 25)  and Royal Saltworks of Arcs and Senan, France  

April 17 - June 27, 2015: Then and Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

April 23 - July 12, 2015: Beck, Bielen, and Michaud, Alumni Gallery, Historic Landmark Building, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA           featuring pieces in a new series

Cells (in its "Walls" state) was included in the upcoming International Print Center New York (IPCNY) exhibition, SOMEWHERES & NOWHERES: New Prints 2014/Autumn.


 Discussing "Cells" at an IPCNY opening in 2015. 



An image of "Neighborhood Arrangements #1: Circle", was included in the May 2015 edition of a Brazilian architecture and design magazine, Arquitetura & Construção


PAST COLLABORATIONS 2015(please see my blog post about the performances!)

"S(laughter) on Nth Avenue", with Racoco Productions, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at TADA Theater 15W 28th Street, NY as part of Emerging Artist Theater's New Work Series

Paper / Chase, performed August 1 & 2, 2014 at Fete de Danse, organized by Norte Maar at the Strand Theater, Plattsburgh, NY. 

Paper Work, performed on June 19, 2014, 8pm at CAVE's Soak Festival.  



Detritus, a three-day long performance and installation, June 21 - 23, 1351 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

Courtesy of Summer Performance Series 2014

Paper Trail, an experimental new piece in collaboration with Racoco Productions on May 31, 2014, 2 p.m., Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick, Brooklyn, as part of Bushwick Open Studios.


Paper Play, ed. by Wang Shaoqiang, Sandu Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014. Available for pre-order on Amazon.



A short press release on the work my fellow artist and I did for our exhibition in Le Havre (2013):


And I'm in a short clip of "Live in Le Havre", a weekly cultural webzine:



"The Human Frame/ A Taille Humaine", a two-person exhibition at the "MuMA", (Musee d'art modern Andre Malraux), Le Havre, France December 6 - 8, 2013. It was my largest installation to date and my first use of projection. See Facade  and Library: Le Havre for images.

I am thrilled to be participating in the Triangle Arts Association/City of Le Havre artist exchange program. Another American artist and I will be spending three months this fall creating new work in Le Havre, France.

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