Beth Caspar_Garden of 7-letter flora DAY LILY_spraypaint, acrylic, powdered graphite on papwe on panel
Garden of 7-letter flora NETTLES by Beth Casper_spray paint, acrylic, powdered graphite on paper on panel
My work has always focused on and explored shape and pattern. Early on, that involved using planar geometric shapes and mathematically derived patterns and also shapes and patterns derived from chance. Since 2017, I’ve been interested in shapes based on letters and words. The result has been 2-dimensional paintings on panels, and corrugated cardboard and aluminum cut-outs. The 3-dimensional work consists of folded cut-out letter and word shapes made of paper, cardboard, or aluminum. I’ve also produced a body of cut-out shapes I call Follies based on 3-D constructions.
I’ve been a working artist for over 30 years. I attended Pratt Institute and later the University of Florida, where I received a BFA in printmaking. I returned to New York to continue my practice, first in New York City and then for 25 years in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2013 I relocated my studio to the Catskills. I’m the co-founder of AD HOC Projects, a small collective of upstate New York artists who mount site-specific and virtual pop-up exhibits (see adhocprojects.net) and have independently curated a variety of group shows over the past 20 years.
I exhibit work nationally and internationally and among other institutions have work in the collections of MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Columbus (Georgia) Museum of Art, the D’Arcy Thompson Museum in Dundee Scotland, and the New York Public Library, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. I’m represented by the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY, and the online gallery Geoform. And until it closed in 2017, I regularly showed work at The Painters gallery in Fleischmann’s NY.