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With Kim Beck's NOTICE: A Flock of Signs, visitors will discover clusters of signs crowded along landscape pathways. Sited in several areas throughout the Park, the overabundant, densely packed signs create surprising, nonsensical landscapes in an otherwise serene nature preserve. Beck's signs deliberately perplex, misdirect, and even contradict one another. A hyper-informative, look-at-me garden folly, NOTICE: A Flock of Signs elevates the everyday—the paths, trees, flora, and traces of fauna—to something worthy of notice.
Kim Beck (b. 1970) grew up in Colorado and divides her time between New York, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA, where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Mattress Factory, Mixed Greens NYC, Pentimenti Gallery and Socrates Sculpture Park, among other venues. Beck has been commissioned to make several public projects, including the sculptural installation Space Available for the High Line in New York City. She has received Pollock-Krasner and Thomas J. Watson fellowships, and awards from Ars Electronica, NYSCA, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Heinz Foundation. Her artist's book, A Field Guide to Weeds, was published through the Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publishing Program. Beck holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brandeis University.