one night only performance by NY artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno

Everyone go to this!!!

One night only performance of YETI AND FIREBUSH at the opening night of Justin Cooper’s solo show “thin lines” at beta pictoris gallery:

New York based artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno bring their unique brand of comedic deconstruction to beta pictoris gallery.
Elements of stand-up, parlor magic, and slapstick comedy are juxtaposed with highly choreographed monologues and wildly unhinged improv creating an experience that is funny, strange, and ultimately thought provoking.

Friday, March 16, 2012 (6-9pm)

A review from Brooklyn, NY based L Magazine of a recent performance:

“[This] all then culminated in a performance of comedic awkwardiana by Ross Moreno and Justin Cooper, who both delighted and confounded their audience with a mash-up of deeply self-aware and self-effacing comedy with quasi-magical tom-trickery, hilariously tragic soliloquies and a rather astonishingly bare-laying finale.”
-Paul D’Agostino

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Opening: Jan 27, Matt Wycoff “variations” at Beta Pictoris Gallery

This is going to be a great opening!

Matt Wycoff  


 January 27 – March 3, 2012  
opens Friday, January 27  (6-9pm)

beta pictoris is pleased to announce the opening of VARIATIONS, New York based artist Matt Wycoff’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.  Over the past ten years Wycoff’s work has covered a wide range of conceptual, stylistic and material approaches. 

VARIATIONS  brings together four major works from this period, two text pieces from 2006 and 2007, and two large-scale abstract paintings from 2011.  The works on view are drawn from what appear to be two visually and conceptually distinct bodies of work.  The exhibition is less about the differences between the works, however, and more about the experience of the viewer as they find the underlying themes that tie them together.

In classical music the term variation has come to mean the repetition of a musical theme with modifications of melody, rhythm or harmony.  Wycoff offers his variations in a similar spirit.  Wycoff’s main themes of identity and perception appear and reappear throughout the exhibition as they shift and change in relation to ideas such as poetry, beauty, order, abstraction, death, disaster, monumentality, color and time.  These shadings allow for a depth of experiences.  The works question the distance between the personal and the universal, confuse notions of chaos and order and use the art historical meanings of expressionism, minimalism, pop and conceptual art as tools for building a new aesthetic framework.  As an artist, Wycoff is both drawn toward and skeptical of earlier artistic attempts at universalism and deeply informed by discussions that emerged in the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as the blurring of boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation, and dialogues about deconstruction or pluralism.  Wycoff’s VARIATIONS ask the viewer to reconsider their preconceptions about artistic style, and focus on the ways in which form and content build structures of meaning.

Also Opening Friday: “a violent thought of love in” group show beta pictoris gallery’s raumZWEI

a violent thought of love in” beta pictoris gallery’s raumZWEI

 opening reception Friday, October 28 (6-9pm)

webs, doilies, dots and grids : patterns of comfort

Peter FOX (NY)
Deborah KARPMAN (AL)
Susanna STARR (NY)

October 28 – December 3, 2011

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Friday: “It’s not my first time” solo show by Joel Ross at beta pictoris gallery

beta pictoris gallery is excited to invite you to this amazing IL-based artist’s first solo show with the gallery.


It’s not my first time

September 9 – October 22

opening reception Friday, September 9 (6-9pm)

new works on paper and photographs

Friday: raumZWEI “Is that (a) painting ?!” group show at Beta Pictoris

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Is that (a) painting ?!

a group show with works by

Peter FOX (NY)
Florian HEINKE (Germany)
Clayton COLVIN (AL)
Mario TREJO (IL)
Jonathan GANN (AL)
Larry Jens ANDERSON (GA)
Susanna STARR (NY)

September 9 – October 22, 2011

opening reception Friday, September 9, 6-9pm
with a live music performance by Birmingham Ensemble Opera Sextronique

beta pictoris gallery’s raumZWEI
2411 Second Avenue North (between 24th and 25th Street)
Birmingham, AL

Beta Pictoris Gallery Opening: Johanna Wolfe “Pushing Water” solo show

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Please join us for Johanna Wolfe’s solo show

new photography

June 24 through July 23

opening reception Friday, June 24, 6-9pm

beta pictoris gallery
2411 Second Ave N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Johanna Wolfe is a photographer who makes analog c-prints. Her awareness of forensic and scientific investigation was encouraged at a young age by parents working in medicine and criminal law enforcement. During her time as an undergraduate studying Art History at Columbia University, she traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, fortifying her interests in and passion for documentary photography. After graduating, she worked in various media-based fields, including publishing and film festivals. Later transitioning into television production, she produced observational documentary series for networks including TLC, Discovery Health and A&E.

She received an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2010, and has exhibited her work throughout the United States. She is currently teaching undergraduate photography and building a cooperative darkroom space in New York.

Opening “Yeon Yue : Grey American Landscape” at Beta Pictoris

Friday, January 21 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

-Grey American Landscape by Yeon J. Yue-

My recent project “Grey American Landscape” comes out of a three months cross-country road trip, photographing American Military families, military towns, and other tourist areas, from Los Angeles to New York.
Through dealing with two opposite contexts, War and Family, in one project, I am trying to create the narrative of the world that has co-existed within reality and fiction. This new …War Documentary photographs are mosaic pieces of what American Landscape means to me.
I searched all the military related areas through the Google Map, and I realized that the areas are colored in grey color on Google Map. Grey color, between black and white, exists in our real life even on the map.

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where the ideological conflict still exists. And at the age of 22, as all the South Korean males do, I joined the military service, and served alongside the U.S. Air Force as a Military Police. While I was serving, 9.11 happened, and everything seemed new to me, traumas, worries, desires, and friends and family.

This is an unseen American Landscape. Security and insecurity, reality and fiction are co-existed in one space. Glorious and disgusting, but their beautiful and heart touching stories could be found alongside my road trip. My dearest friend, Tony in Shevlin Minnesota, still puts his pistol in the vase, but never locks his front door.

new photographs

January 21 – February 26, 2011

opening reception Friday, January 21, 6-8 pm

beta pictoris gallery
2411 Second Avenue North
Birminbgham, AL 35203

Birmingham Artwalk! – Sept 10, 11th

Artwalk is this coming weekend! Come to downtown to see some incredible art. visit for a list of all the participating artists and the details. In Second Row Studio, we know that there will be Jess Marie Walker, Paul Cordes Wilm, Sara Cannon, & Dréa Zacharenko. Don’t miss that spot! and don’t forget to find Claire Cormany and John Lytle Wilson as well!

Beta Pictoris Gallery will also be open with the show “Our Kind Of People” by BAYETE ROSS SMITH. Don’t miss it.

Opening: “Immaterial” by John Powers at Beta Pictoris


John Powers
new sculptures

through August 28

John is the recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as the 2008 Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship and the 2001 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hambet Award.

He currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

opening Friday, July 9 6.00 – 8.00 pm

beta pictoris gallery
2411 Second Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama