In-N-Out Burger, 2020
Digital print on fine art paper with hand-made acrylic emoji appliqué
61 x 61 x 1 cm
Edition of 30 + 5 AP, each unique, signed and numbered
Gina Beavers (*1974, Greece) is known for her inflated object-like paintings of Instagram pics that circulate widely around the web. Beavers tends to enter the circulation of these digital images – from screen to screen – and pull something very meaty and palpable out of them.
One of her most talked-about works is the playfully bulging cheeseburgers and fries, In-N-Out Burger (2014), taken from an up-close shot of one of the fast food chain’s signature dishes. For her edition for Spike, Beavers turned her painting back into a 2-D image, each print adorned with a sculptural burger emoji made out of masses of paint acrylic sits on top of the flat picture. These unique editions – not one is alike – prove that Beavers can just as well flatten her own images, and make them swell all over again.
Recent solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at Neuer Essener Kunstverein (2021); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2020); MoMA PS1, New York, Gnyp Gallery, Berlin (both 2019) and Michael Benevento, Los Angeles (2018). Gina Beavers lives in Newark, New Jersey.
Read a portrait of the artist in issue #63, available here.