In order to illuminate contemporary social issues, Beitz creates numerous artworks that include a 18-foot-long looping table entitled Not Now, as well as a functional 50-foot-long picnic table that branches like a tree. Another design is a picnic table draped over the railing at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. These objects are not only beautiful pieces of art, but also speak to a number of issues connected to human relationships and our interaction with everyday objects.
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In all of the cases, the artist tries to prevent the objects’ ability to function as a place for social interaction, and thus turns them into something alien. They can also be seen as funny and playful objects, which reveals the deeper psychological effects of our daily experiences. His looping wooden roof Not Now, was exhibited at the artist’s solo show called Maybe Later at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.
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