Bevan Ramsay is a native of Montreal, currently based in Norfolk, CT. He holds a BA in philosophy and intellectual history from McGill University (2007), and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University (2011). Following a post-graduate year doing educational consulting in India Ramsay settled in New York City where he consulted in merchandizing for the fashion industry. In 2014 he resettled in Northwestern Connecticut to pursue his studio practice full time.
Artistic project : Jersey Girls
The installation Jersey Girls explores themes of class aesthetics and conflict as they are expressed through the act of recreational consumption and display. The figures stand in as proxies for a kind of weaponized play where time, luxury and beauty function as instruments of domination and resistance between various segments of society. Although the names given to the individual pieces (Tina, Britney et cetera) place them specifically in our time and place, the patterns adorning them make reference to the ongoing, historical transcendence of aesthetic tropes from one class to another and back again. At all socioeconomic levels the individuals asserts his or her place in society, and attempts to defend or even improve it through public displays of play and recreational consumption.
Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »
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