Site Specific, Public Art Project, Harbor Park Garage, Baltimore, April 2019
Look 70 feet up and 29 feet across—Edie Beaucage’s site-specific public art project is boldly suspended on the
façade of the Harbor Park Garage located adjacent to the inner harbor of Baltimore. For the inaugural project of
what will be an annual rotating exhibition space, Los Angeles-based painter Beaucage draws from her world of
characters that populate non-linear narratives and fantastical spaces as they move through acts of work, passion,
romance, and leisure.This vinyl translation of one of Beaucage’s paintings presents light and
friendly characters who are casual and good-looking beacons of camaraderie and openness—a gigantic invitation
for the free-spirited citizens of Baltimore: LET’S HANG OUT AND CHILL TOGETHER!
Created with large expressive brushstrokes, the figures are attired in bright yellow and magenta, stylish hoodies,
pants, and boots—Beaucage’s characters function as shorthand for a range of philosophical concepts that
undergird the artist’s production strategies. Drawing inspiration from Martin Heidegger's "being with,” Jacques
Derrida’s “presence,” and Edward Titchener’s "empathy,” Beaucage creates congenial and approachable
characters who stand alone and also interact with each other. Beaucage borrows from psychologist Jonathan
Haidt’s notion of humans as "ultra-social" beings able to live in very large cooperative groups.
This site specific project, reflects Beaucage’s recurring interest for social connections in active city crowds. These new
characters are musicians, DJs, dancers—some are even related to previous personalities from Beaucage’s past
bodies of work.