Robert C. Beck and Sarah Max Beck founded studioHydrostatic in 2014 as a multidisciplinary, collaborative art studio merging science and creative practice to build inspiring, new models that challenge the understanding of the biological environment, humanity’s relationship with it, and culture symbiosis between the two.
The project started on a small rooftop in Brooklyn as an experimental foray incorporating living organic material with traditional art practice by constructing living bio-art systems as site specific installation projects. Greenhouse-based experiments tailored to sequester carbon, soil building ecology, and recirculating aquaculture systems were some of the tools and processes through which they sought to define their practice.
The goal was to develop a stable food producing ecosystem from which they could curate and exhibit the successful, interesting and challenging qualities of a “modern” lifecycle in balance. Working with common, low-tech materials to build water filtration systems and hybridize alternative agricultural technologies gave their experimental constructions a proving ground from which they were able to build formalized presentations of the creative edge, mad-scientist-style research.
Currently working in Brooklyn with a team of artists, and from their satellite studio/permaculture food forest in downtown Orlando, Florida, studioHydrostatic continues to help blur the boundaries between art and science.
ABOUT Robert C. Beck:
Systems based installations, survival, biological awareness and new media research intertwine in the artwork of R.C. Beck. The hybridization of material, process, science and technology yields a drunken distillation of data from biological experiments with living organic matter. This whirling non-static investigation of metabolism, respiration, replication and decay is the window through which he seeks to define his art.
ABOUT Sarah Max Beck:
This body of work builds on and explores symbiotic, closed-loop human nutrient systems; redefining waste as resource; and comments, often wryly, on the parallels of current elective human influence on the planet and a parasitic infection of a host. Her background in agriculture became tangled up with her sculpture degree until her creative practice with compost, resource recovery, fermentation, permaculture and post-consumer plastics skittered into the realm of bioart, where it now feels right at home.
During their time as artist(s) in residence at DE-CONSTRUKT, the Becks plan to complete new components for future and current installations, create new works (in video, drawing, sculpture) inspired by extant functional components currently in-use in their larger works, install an exhibition presenting said objects for the first time as singular pieces in isolation, in a mostly static, abstract art-object context. The duo will also focus on documenting said exhibit, and will produce a video short of their current exhibition, Symbiotic Spheres, at the Museum of American Glass. Sarah Max Beck will give a short lecture on the practice and benefits of using urine as fertilizer (open to the public).