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John Beadle

  • John Beadle, Inside-Out, Outside-In, performance/sculpture, May 7-9th, 2015, Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Roland Rose.
  • John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in, work in progress, 2015, Nassau, The Bahamas. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in, work in progress, 2015, Nassau, The Bahamas. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • John Beadle, Inside-Out, Outside-In, performance, May 7-9th, 2015, Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: John Beadle.
  • John Beadle, Inside-Out, Outside-In, performance/sculpture, May 7-9th, 2015, Nassau, Bahamas. Photo: Jodi Minnis.
  • John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in, work in progress, 2015, Nassau, The Bahamas. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in, work in progress, 2015, Nassau, The Bahamas. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in, work in progress, 2015, Nassau, The Bahamas. Image courtesy of the artist.

Inside-out, Outside-in, Nassau, The Bahamas 

The project is to construct a large parade “costume” in a space that is considerably smaller than the area it would normally occupy and have the audience interact with the space/architecture. All elements that would have protruded past the perimeter of the cube form are truncated. The resulting “inside the box” architectural space is treated as a parade piece turned in on itself, exposing what could have been its exterior two- and three-dimensional design elements, as well as the structural supports that make the sculpture stable.

The resulting space is irregular in its perimeter travel and ceiling height, suggesting the inside of an organic form. Travel paths through the space/sculpture are also organic, and at times constricted. A component of the larger piece is a smaller wearable sculpture that speaks to a narcissistic predisposition in all performers and performances, which has allowed for the throwing away of the mask as a means of concealment and secret. The parade is a showing off of the person, the creation of a personality, the embodiment of an “I come to get me!” attitude that asks for an image, an artifact, to establish proof, more so than it does a recording of participation in an event. Dressed in the barest of disguises, he searches out the cameras . . . face plastered with a wide and still widening smile, his posture balloons as if to say, Take me! See me here! Take me!

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About the Artist

John Beadle

John Beadle was born in the Bahamas in 1964 and grew up on the island of New Providence. Beadle is a multi-discipline artist whose work draws from his involvement in his community’s cultural practices and the intimate observation of that space. Beadle mines his environment for information to inform his material use, utterances/narratives and direction… at times the material is metaphorical other times, physical. For over thirty years he has been instrumental in transforming the contemporary Bahamian art landscape by forming art collectives and working toward a creolization of his art practice. Beadle says, “I want my art to communicate with the same patois and poetry as my tongue.”


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