Billy Bob Beamer's artwork usually
occupies an area the physical size of a post-it note or two. The artwork
unusually exists on a few planes...viewed from arm's length as an
interesting image....viewed up close, like you might lean into a painting
on a wall....and viewed under a glass for magnification, the unfolding
begins. From arm's length, it's easy to imagine seeing motion or flashes
of color, especially after a studied look. Leaning in, awareness begins of
life just under the visual surface, a movement of line that somehow
hasn't stopped when Beamer lifted his pencil.
Under magnification, the image explodes like glass in a
box shaken, the image expanding first in your field of vision and then in
your mind to somehow envelop you.
Beamer has sent an amazing amount of his art here...I hope one day to
photograph it properly and display it on the site in a manner appropriate.
The work is extremely difficult to photograph properly. These works are
staggeringly forceful when in your hand.