T H E  S T U D I O

The Good Earth is Rich, performance / installation 

The Good Earth is Rich, performance / installation 

ATELIER DE GESTE is the studio practice of artist & designer Beau Rhee. Founded in New York in October 2013, the studio is currently located on the Upper West Side. This website shows work made before 2013 for reference.

Atelier de Geste is the Studio of Gesture. Rhee is primarily concerned with body-space: these forms, lines, geometries. Rhee works with the body as a means of formal inquiry, a pathway to find visual, haptic, sculptural forms in space. Choreography (choreo: body / graphy: writing, or writing the body) is a tool, a language to speak about body-space, to form visual practice. Movement as material. Colors, olfaction, geometry, lines & traces are main motifs that prolong performative ephemeral actions to material forms.

Trained as both a designer and choreographer, Rhee is a director creating mise en scène: a total environment for the body in space, for ritual & performance. Studio projects are multi-media: movement, metal objects, paper, textiles for costumes and sets, scents. Through these many materials, she activates the viewer’s haptic senses, creating a corporal point of view, connecting body-space, and thus biology & ecosystem. Her main themes of Blue, cosmic movement and organic forms connect the corporeal and cosmic worlds, commenting on environmental and social concerns through matter and movement. Rhee also experiences synesthesia, which is a source of inspiration.

For Rhee, working under a studio name shows the imperative for collaborative work. Requiring others, forming an ensemble: social work both in choreography / performance, and also in the production and design. The making of work is a political act: labor, materials, relationships. The necessity to create impact, no matter how small, a utopia. Education and workshops are an important part of the studio practice.

The studio has recently shown work at Bard Gradute Center Gallery, Kaaitheater Brussels, MoMA/PS1, NYC Design Week/Sight Unseen, the Hammer Museum LA, Baryshnikov Arts Center, White Box NY, Maison Blanche de le Corbusier, Kunsthaus Baselland. ADG has been featured in publications such as British Vogue and Coolhunting, and was an Art & Olfaction Award Finalist in both 2014 & 2017.

The studio has also created customized commission-based projects for clients such as Nouveau Classical Project, W Magazine, Abigail Doan / Lost in Fiber, Anne Patterson among others. The projects include: costume design and scenography, scents / smells, graphic design, product design and creative consulting.

 

Portrait by Barbara Anastacio

Portrait by Barbara Anastacio

T H E  F O U N D E R

Beau Rhee is an artist, designer & educator. Her studio Atelier de Geste is based on gesture and body-space concepts extending into various media: performance, drawing, objects, scent, textiles. Collaborative work grounds the studio in social practice, and haptic material experiences connect the body to the senses, ecosystem and space. She has exhibited and performed internationally; most recently at Kaaitheatre Brussels, MoMA/PS1, Sight Unseen Offsite, Slought Foundation, and Bard Graduate Center Gallery. She is the Director of Communications/Marketing at Caples Jefferson Architects, and is an adjunct professor at The New School / Parsons School of Design. Honors include: Art & Olfaction Award Finalist, The Bryk Art Scholarship (Columbia University) & New Heads BNP Paribas Art Award Finalist. 
M.F.A. Haute école d’art et de design de Genève, 2012
B.A. Art History & Dance double major, Columbia University, Barnard College cum laude & distinction, 2007 




 

T H E  E N S E M B L E

Many Atelier de Geste projects, especially performances, are collaborative with our community of artists: Nouveau Classical Project, Anne Patterson, Abigail Doan, Ella Misko, Twice Studio Paris, Chantal Chadwick, Kay Ottinger, Mara Mayer, Lathan Hardy, Jason Anastanoff, James Williams, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Emily Shanny & others. 

Tungsten Holdings is our partner in business. 
 

C O N T A C T

General questions, project or press inquiries: studio@atelierdegeste.com

Studio visits, appointments, inquiries about ADG editions & designs: kiosk@atelierdegeste.com

 

 

L ' A T E L I E R 

Corporality, large scale drawing & Analemma light vessel sculpture 

Corporality, large scale drawing & Analemma light vessel sculpture 

ATELIER DE GESTE est un studio pluridisciplinaire fondé et dirigé par Beau Rhee, basé à New York depuis 2013 octobre. Le site web montres plusieurs projets faits avant cette fondation.

Rhee est essentiellement intéressé par la relation du corps-espace: ces formes, lignes, et géométries. La chorégraphie (choré-corps / graphie-écriture, donc de écrire le corps) est un moyen, une langue de parler du corps-espace. La couleur, la géométrie, l'olfaction, la ligne, et la trace sont les motifs faisant prolonger les mouvements du corps sur les matières: les tissus, les métaux, l’espace.

Formée dans le design, arts visuels et la danse, Rhee est une metteuse en scène: elle créé un environnement total pour le corps, pour le ritual, pour la performance. Ces projets allient recherches sur ces concepts à la réalisation d’objets et pièces tactiles. Son activité se trouve à l’intersection du design, de l'art et de la performance. Avec ces divers matériaux, elle active les sens haptiques du public, un moyen de créer un point de vue de corporalité. Ces leitmotifs de la couleur bleu, mouvements cosmiques, formes organiques sont tout liées avec notre biologie, notre ecosystem, notre cosmologie.

Le nom Atelier de Geste est importante parce que le travail est collaboratif, en ensemble. Le besoin de travailler avec les autres: dans la danse / performance, est aussi dans le design et la production. De produire les choses est un acte politique: le travail, les matériaux, le rapport avec les gens. C'est nécessaire de créer un monde utopique, même si petit. Les workshops, particulièrement autour la écologisme, sont aussi une partie importante dans l'activité de l'atelier.

Atelier de Geste a exposé ses créations dans le cadre de Bard Gradute Center Gallery, Kaaitheater Brussels, MoMA/PS1, New York Design Week / Sight Unseen le Hammer Museum de Los Angeles, Baryshnikov Arts Center NY, White Box NY, Maison Blanche du Corbusier, Kunsthaus Baselland. Des articles sur ses créations sont parus notamment dans Vogue UK et Coolhunting. 

L'atelier créé également les projects personnalisés sur commande/commission pour les clients (comme les entreprises, les artistes) telles que Nouveau Classical Project, W Magazine, Lost in Fiber, Timo Weiland et d'autres. Les projets comprennent : le design de costume et la scénographie, les senteurs/odeurs, design graphisme, design produit et consultation créative.