Beth Diane Armstrong

Beth Diane Armstrong

Currently living and working in Johannesburg, Beth Diane Armstrong was born in South Africa in 1985. In 2010 she completed, with distinction, her Masters of Fine Arts at Rhodes University. Rhodes bought her BFA exhibition, Hibernation, for their permanent collection.

Armstrong negotiates an unremitting pull between the desire to be entirely overwhelmed and subsumed by a sculpture and the drive to resolve and contain the idiosyncratic challenges posed by it. A central ambition which continues to inform Armstrong’s process is the translation of fleeting, abstract experiences into the permanence of a physically demanding material such as steel.

Beginning as thought experiments, the works evolve according to a set of parameters which the artist prescribes. Armstrong develops these parameters on the level of underlying structures (calculations, measurements) and through the higher level realizations of the works as sculptural structures, maintaining a synchronous relationship to both aspects. These meticulous processes, her attention to detail and her astounding ability to effortlessly switch between intricate smaller works and imposing large-scale masses of steel reaffirms Armstrong ambitions to grapple with and understand the ways in which bodies experience space and translate this experience into structures, both perceptual and physical.

“Sculpture, for me, is a space to explore the feeling of one’s body in relation to an object. Functional objects quite obviously explore this relationship. What is functional or non-functional is debatable especially in this strange-expanding-spacescape of life. I believe there should always be room for the obvious and non-obvious in all things.

I am always looking. I read mathematical, philosophical, scientific and medical books that go over my head. Seeking the big, grand, rushing feeling of grasping-and-not-grasping. Pushing always into the unknown. Whatever I am looking for, a fascination with density and looseness is the lens through which I see the world. It’s about how I physically and mentally feel on this earth: things are intense and then blunt, real and then unreal, meaningful and then meaningless. I am in this dynamic tension with my materials too. There is a give and take, a push and pull, an expansion and contraction – a density and looseness to working with steel. It takes a lot as it is a very demanding material: it’s heavy; it’s hot; it’s hard; it behaves unpredictably; it exhausts me. But it gives me so much back, in its permanence and reliability.” - Beth Diane Armstrong 2017

Armstrong has exhibited several solo shows, participated in a number of group shows and projects locally and internationally, as well as being included in various private and public collections. Some highlighted commissions include the completion of a large permanent public artwork, Flag, in Oostvoorne, in the Netherlands (commissioned by the Kern Kunst Westvoorne Foundation), a large commissioned sculpture at the Design Miami/Basel Fair in Basel, Switzerland and Design Miami, Florida, and her Page for the National English Literary Museum, a 10-ton outdoor sculpture in Makhanda, South Africa.

2016 saw her launch the NELM Page outdoor commission in Makhanda and also partake in the Yorkshire Sculpture exhibition A Place in Time, hosted at the NIROX Sculpture Park at the Cradle of Human Kind. Armstrong was awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts in South Africa for 2017.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018            in perpetuum, Everard Read, Cape Town; NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom; Oliewenhuis Museum; NMM Art Museum, Port Elizabeth,  South Africa

2017             in perpetuum, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg; National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa

2011            Towards an architecture of loss, iArt , Cape Town, South Africa

To skip the last step, iArt Gallery Wembley Project Space, Cape Town, South Africa

2010            Hippocampus, iArt Gallery, Cape Town; Monument, Makhanda, South Africa

2007            Hibernation, Gallery in the Round, Makhanda, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020    TINY2020, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018             Summer, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

                   FNB Joburg Art Fair, with Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

Not a single story, co-curated by Elizabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givel, in association with the Wanås Foundation – Wanås Kons at NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2017             FNB Joburg Art Fair, with Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

                   Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2016            Pastoral Abstraction, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                 Opening Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, London, UK

              Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

A PLACE IN TIME (in association with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park UK), Curated by Helen Pheby, NIROX

                  Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014            Design Miami, SouthernGuild, Miami, Florida, USA

                 The Benediction of Shade II, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa

                 FNB Joburg Art Fair, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa

                  Design Miami/Basel, Southern Guild, Basel, Switzerland

                 NIROX Winter Show, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Turbine Art Fair, David Krut Projects, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa

Joburg Joburg, Rooftop in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

                 Guild, Southern Guild, Cape Town, South Africa

2013            Southern Guild 2013 Collection, MOAD, Johannesburg, South Africa

                 The Benediction of Shade, David Krut Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

                 After the Rainbow Nation, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012            Material/Representation, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Cape Town, South Africa

                 FNB Joburg Art Fair, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010            Summer in the City, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                 NOVUS, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Make A Difference Foundation Exhibition, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                  The Mechanics and Mysteries of Perception, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                  Johannesburg Art Fair, iArt Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008            Absa L’atelier Competition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007             Absa L’atelier Competition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

                 Fourth Year Student Show, Fine Art Building, Makhanda, South Africa

                 Untitled, Salem House, Salem, South Africa

2006            National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa

2005             National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa

2004            National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa

  

RESIDENCIES

 

2013            NIROX Sculpture Park, NIROX Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

National English Literary Museum Makhanda, South Africa

Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa                                       

Standard Bank of Southern Africa

 

COMMISSIONS/AWARDS

 

2017             Standard Bank Young Artist Award – Visual Arts

2016             Page, outdoor sculpture, NELM, Makhanda, South Africa

2015             NELM Page outdoor sculpture, Makhanda, South Africa

2014            Flagpole Sculpture Commission for Kern Kunst Westvoorne Foundation, the Netherlands

2011            3 Sculptures for Prescient Investment Management Group’s first major advertising campaign, Cape Town, South Africa

2010            Not all is Black and White, All for World Foundation, FIFA World Cup Initiative

                 Academic Honours

2008            Purvis Fine Art Prize

 

CONFERENCES

 

2009             ‘Locating Space: An Investigation into Two and Three Dimensions in Art Practice’, Rhodes University Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2010            ‘Hippocampus: Seahorse; brain-structure; spatial map, concept’. Masters Thesis, Rhodes University

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND TEACHING

 

2014            Teaching wire tree making to children, French School, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013            Teaching wire tree making to children, French School, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010             Teaching wire tree making for the NOVUS initiative in Cape Town, South Africa

        Short lecture course for 1st year Architecture students, UCT, South Africa

Lecture on my work at Somerset College, The German School, and IEB teachers of Gauteng, South Africa

2009            Art classes for the patients of the Tower Hospital in Fort Beauford, South Africa

2008-2009  Teaching wire tree making to children at Makhanda National Arts Festival, South Africa

2007-2009  Teaching assistant for 1st-4th year students, Rhodes University, South Africa

2007-2008  Involved with running the Rhodes University Fine Art Department Community Outreach Project. This project offers an art training programme for the learners of the Archie Mbolekwa School. The classes are held at Johan Carinus Art Centre

 

 

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