ARTIST / Artist
Beverly Fishman creates powerful abstract paintings that address technology and the pharmaceutical industry. Fishman lives and works in Detroit, where she teaches painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Fishman is a painter with the concerns of a sculptor, making paintings that require high levels of production. Her studio practice includes manufacturing uniquely shaped supports and consulting with automotive paint specialists to get the background she needs to achieve industrial finishes.
Her work synthesizes form, color and social content in dialogue with tradition. Although they seem to have a formalist abstraction, they exude representation and have very direct references to the body and the world.
Her current wall reliefs are painted with urethane paint and are appropriated from actual pills that she finds images online. The cuts in their surfaces correspond to the score marks that allow these drugs to be divided into smaller doses. Thus, although they look abstract, her paintings are tied to problems like attention-deficit disorder, opioid addiction, anxiety, and depression. Their forms connect them to the social problems of today.
Urethane paint on wood 181.61 x 121.92 x 5.1 cm
Polyurethane on hand polished stainless steel 35.5 x 35.5 x 9.52 cm