Joan Mitchell Center
Figure/Ground

Beth Krebs

Beth Krebs
Sculptor
Oakland, CA
June 5 - 30
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Beth Krebs’ work celebrates the earnest, heroic, and usually botched human efforts at transcendence.  She explores this subject, with humor and empathy, by transforming architectural spaces and by making sculptural objects, videos and drawings.  A graduate of the MFA program at Rutgers University, Beth has exhibited her work in New York City, San Francisco and abroad, at venues including Station Independent Projects, Smack Mellon, Mixed Greens, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Bronx Museum, Storefront Ten Eyck, Real Artways, the Cue Foundation, and Minnesota Street Projects.  She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Jentel, the Bemis Center, Willapa Bay, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA).  She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant, and in 2012 was awarded a grant from the Buchegger Foundation to fund an installation in Germany.  She spent a decade living in New Orleans as a young adult, and is thrilled for the chance to reconnect with a city she loves.
 

Figure/Ground

Figure/Ground

2012. Orchard is approximately 1/4 acre, pieces of orange tape (1/2 x 1”) marked a level line through the orchard. This could be seen from any location in the orchard. Whatever this horizontal line intersected (branches, leaves, fruit, fence) was marked. The line was 60” from the ground, approximately at eye level for an adult. The orchard was located behind an architecture museum.
 

Figure/Ground

Figure/Ground

2012. Orchard is approximately 1/4 acre, pieces of orange tape (1/2 x 1”) marked a level line through the orchard. This could be seen from any location in the orchard. Whatever this horizontal line intersected (branches, leaves, fruit, fence) was marked. The line was 60” from the ground, approximately at eye level for an adult. The orchard was located behind an architecture museum.
 

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Sky Lit

Sky Lit

2011. Room is approximately 400 sq  feet, ceiling is 9’ high, vinyl, tape, room with recessed skylight. From a single vantage point in the room (pictured here), the dots line up and create a half tone “drawing” of light coming down from the skylight.

Sky Lit (detail)

Sky Lit (detail)

2014. Dots range from 1.5” to 4.5” long, pieces 5-8 (along with other work not included here) were conceived of as a group, titled To Beat the Band.

Low Rise

Low Rise

2014, fired clay, pastel, stockings, 9 foot shelf. 

Fenced Fatty (2)

Fenced Fatty (2)

2014, ink and gouache on paper, 14 x 17 inches

Fenced Fatty (4)

Fenced Fatty (4)

2014, ink and gouache on paper, 18 x 22.25 inches