There is an element of surprise and discovery in David Beck's work, and a restlessness which insists that nothing is what it seems. His is an obsession with theatrics and props. He acknowledges the masquerade and explores behind the scenes to show us a world in caricature, an elastic allegory. We see a constant comparison of the gregarious natures of the human and animal world and their orders of hierarchy and odd behavior. In the smaller pieces, he studies the mechanics of our antics with a Rube Goldbergian sense of technology that is delightful for its crude extravagance.
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