Kevin Beasley’s solo exhibition, “On site,” recently opened at LA’s Regen Projects and runs through June 25. The artist uses ordinary materials and personal artifacts — such as his clothes — to explore the Black experience and how it shapes U.S. history and culture.
For years, his works have incorporated raw cotton — sourced from an intergenerational farm in Virginia. "Here he's thinking about his own personal history, but also the histories of the slave trade and cotton manufacturing,” says Lindsay Preston Zappas, founder and editor-in-chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles.
Beasley’s work incorporates sculptures, drawings, installations, and music.
For example, he installed a utility pole as an art piece, and the pole had streetlights on it and WiFi.
“He’s definitely thinking beyond the walls of the gallery space. This show included a lot of wall works that do feel very suited for a museum or gallery exhibition, but he's also using sound and installation and these other elements to really point outside of the gallery space and connect to this broader narrative of place,” Zappas says.