Chris Beas: Tamburello

Los Angeles based artist Chris Beas is currently presenting a new exhibition titled Tamburello at Martha Otero Gallery in L.A. Similar to previous exhibitions by the Beas, Tamburello consists of several flat works which are bridged by a larger freestanding sculptural installation in the center of the gallery. The exhibition focuses acutely on the events of May 1st 1994 when Formula One driver Ayrton Senna crashed his vehicle and died taking a sharp turn during the San Marino Grand Prix. Driving at nearly 200 miles per hour at the time of the crash, the Tamburello corner marked the last site of the driver’s spectacular career.

For the exhibition, Beas has created ten new paintings that feature die cast metal replicas of race cars driven during Senna’s first ten years of F1 driving. The paintings simulate the affect of driving a vehicle at such high speeds. In the center of the gallery, a 1/32 scale model replica of the F1 circuit rack at Imola serves as the site of the San Marino Slot Car Grand Prix for which the driver had his last race.

Chris Beas was born in Sierra Modre, California and received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego. The artist has previously exhibited at the Prague Biennale 3, Parc Saint Leger Centre D’Art Contemporain in Pougues-les-Eaux, France, and Casey Kaplan, New York, NY.

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