Taking a creative approach to research that blurs the lines between conceptual art, mad-scientist project and citizen science, studioHydrostatic uses hand-blown glass, digital technology, biological and recycled material to build installations, unique tools and standalone sculptural objects tailored to the mission of ecological problem solving (carbon sequestration, biodiversity encouragement, food production, and ecosystems stabilization, etc.) in site-specific environments.

The latest environmental installation from studioHydrostatic uses human urine to grow vegetables, fruits and medicinal herbs in a gallery of the Museum of American Glass. Both aquaponic techniques and biological wastewater treatment processes are the foundation for this high-tech, recirculating artificial wetland. While, conceptually, this is a sort of tongue-in-cheek life-support system for nature, on the microbial level, it’s more like an open party (nicknamed “the post-apocalyptic party machine”) as opposed to a sterile hospital stay.

Here, the main departure point from most industrial agriculture is the encouragement of biodiversity for the sake of system stability; partnering with soil biology is partnering with the Earth’s immune system. Founded 2014 in Brooklyn by partners Sarah Max Beck and Robert C. Beck, studioHydrostatic is a collaborative, multidisciplinary bio art studio with a mission to inspire, explore and culture the evolution of relationships between humans and the greater environment into symbiosis through science, waste recovery, alternative agriculture, and storytelling as art.

This exhibit at DE-CONSTRUKT, studioHydrostatic: Dissected, Disassociated and Disinfected, is the first exhibition of standalone studioHydrostatic objects and components, and shown in conjunction with the most recent independent works of both Sarah Max Beck and Robert C. Beck, which gives, in a way, a three-part Venn diagram type experience of how the latest of each body of work affects the others.

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).