Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery
Doug Beube, ‘Cut Shortcomings’, 2015, JHB Gallery

About Doug Beube

Trained as a filmmaker and photographer, Doug Beube turned to another narrative form in the late 1970s: books. Focusing on novels, reference volumes, atlases, and art monographs, he approaches each text as if it were a body or an archaeological site, as he explains: “Like a physician or an archaeologist, I am driven to examine it, to dissect it, to cut it open, to dig into it. I am compelled to unfix margins, make tomes weightless, empty volumes of their stories and twist a point of view into its opposite.” Through these processes, he turns the books into objects and sculptures, and incorporates their parts into his mixed-media works. He has, for example, transformed dictionaries into African masks. Beube both honors and critiques authors, re-crafting their words into works through which he comments on the state of the world.

Canadian-American, Hamilton, Canada, based in Brooklyn, New York

Fair History on Artsy

2017
JHB Gallery at PULSE Miami Beach 2017