Image, Force, Reason
Amanda Beech is an artist and theorist living in Los Angeles. Her artworks involve the media of video installation, drawing, print, and sculpture. Drawing from popular culture, critical philosophy, and real events, her work explores the condition of image-force and the question of a realist art in the context of contingency. Beech has contributed to the anthologies Speculative Aesthetics (Urbanomic, 2014) and Realism, Materialism, Art (Sternberg Press, 2015), and she has exhibited work in the Montreal and Irish Biennials (2014) and Beirut City Forum (2015).
Other recent exhibitions have included Hope after Hope, Agitationism, L’Avenir, and Speculative Aesthetics, Tate Britain (2015). Recent essays include “Last Rights: The Non-Tragic Image and the Law,” in the Flood of Rights anthology (Merve, 2014), and “Culture without Mirrors,” in the journal Glass Bead. Her artists’ books include First Machine, Final Machine (2015), Final Machine (2013) and Sanity Assassin (Urbanomic, 2010). Beech is dean of Critical Studies at CalArts.
Amanda Beech, Covenant Transport Move or Die, 2015, Video still, Courtesy of the artist