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"Uplift" by Jarrod Beck in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan paired with Acne Studios Galactic Oversized Turtleneck.

“Uplift” by Jarrod Beck in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan paired with Acne Studios Galactic Oversized Turtleneck.

These tantalizing folds – tar black layers with scraggy edges – diverted me from my route yesterday along Second Avenue in the Lower East Side. Geologically graceful (like this Acne sweater), the humps are made of rubber conveyor belts once used to ferry ore from West Virginia mines, now repurposed by Brooklyn-based artist Jarrod Beck. Interested in both memorial and artifact, Beck offers the mounds as recently unearthed tectonic plates, an excavation evoked by the installation title, “Uplift.” Trained as an architect and printmaker, Beck collapses the former into concentrated forms and balloons the latter into broad strokes of sculpture. Talk about conveyance.

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