Red Hook Puzzle “Can You Find It?” is a zine left in places around Red Hook featuring images revealed by graphite of various locations of the neighborhood. Rik Beck’s visual map of locations for people to find and explore. This self-made publication is a game of sorts to observe the neighborhood in a different way by asking people to connect the rendered drawings to the actual physical locations.
This work, all part of her project Urban Tracks, examines outside spaces and the structure of surfaces found all around us: new, worn-down and eaten away by exhaust fumes pollution, rough, smooth, fine, ornamental, figurative, monochrome and so on. Rik uses graphite to reveal the structures in an authentic way. She renders the image into a new form equivalent to a photograph. The materials used are graphite ink, watercolor and she is currently experimenting with lime (with fresco painting).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rik Beck is an artist, curator, and a social worker living and working in Germany. Rik has participated in projects all over the world, including Berlin, Ghana, and Kyrgyzstan. In Stuttgart where she resides, Rick gave lectures on urban planning in the university. Currently, she is a teacher of urban sketching for adults at V.H.S. in Stuttgart. She also developed a seminar school called Ghatronic in Ghana for using digital programs with the use of PC. Rik is our artist and residence for March 2018.