Beck finds following in folk art

first_imgLatest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Published 8:57 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The young artist with strong Troy ties makes art from metal that is scavenged from roadsides and from dilapidated or collapsed buildings. And, from these bent, beaten and rusted materials, Beck makes clothes and flowers and butterflies.“I think its cool that you can make flowers and bumble bees and lady bugs out of metal, but they’re still light and airy,” Beck said. “My stuff’s not polished. It’s rusty and the rustier the better. Even though it’s rusty metal, it’s pretty. It’s easy to look at.”Beck is relatively new to the world of professional art. Although he was already selling his artwork at arts shows, it wasn’t until the housing market took a nosedive that Beck decided to enter the world of professional art. Even those who don’t really appreciate art will find favor in the work of folk artist Chris Beck.And, if you don’t believe it, just take a gander at what’s hanging at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy.The Chris Beck art exhibition opens today at the arts center and features 17 of Beck’s metal sculptures. It’s an exhibit that everyone will find fascinating, said Wiley White, Johnson Center development director. Beck finds following in folk art Book Nook to reopen Beck had been working as a carpenter renovating historic homes in Chattanooga, Tenn., when the crash came.“That was the only kind of work I had ever done so I decided that my only choice was to try art full time,” he said. “When you feel like your choices have become nil and void, you are left with God. My wife and I believed that God was leading us in this direction.”Whether Beck had any idea that God had placed him on the fast track to success as an artist, he didn’t say. He was just confident that he was “on track” with his art.In a short time, Beck has made a name for himself as a folk artist who works in metal.center_img Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration His “free standing” clothing sculptures have become his trademark.”“The work that Chris does is just incredible,” White said.“He takes rusty metal and turns it into something beautiful and amazing. The clothing that Chris ‘fabricates’ looks exactly like fabric. A lady was viewing his work and thought that the dress was fabric until she touched it. She couldn’t believe that it was metal.”White said Beck’s ability to take something as harsh as metal and turn it into a ruffle, a flowing sash or a silk tie takes a special kind of talent, creativity and imagination.“Chris often paints a background and then assembles clothing onto it,” she said. “The metal lady’s business suit is similar to the one in the accompanying ad for an IBM electric typewriter. His work is like nothing that I’ve seen before.”But Beck’s work is not limited to the fashion world.He also creates butterflies, flowers, bug and other critters from metal.His wall sculptures are often mounted on boards from old bridges and barns, some that were built in the late 1800s but have fallen into decay.Beck sometimes uses nails and scrap metal parts to make a whole.Behind each piece that Beck creates, there’s a story and he is more than willing to share the story, which makes his artwork personal. Print Article You Might Like Anthony Everage to retire as Troy Chief of Police An emotional moment for the mayor. A sad day for the city. That was the situation at the Troy City… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Contentlast_img

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