The 2017 publication A Measure of Silence: Works on Paper by Jon Beacham was included in BOMB Magazine’s ‘Looking Back on 2017: Art.’
Mónica Savirón writes:
“A Measure of Silence: Works on Paper by Jon Beacham (The Brother in Elysium) is an antidote against loud pronouncements, a wrought-iron anchor tackling ground underwater. Bound and sewn by hand in a limited edition, the book reminds us of the corporeity, luminosity, and balance of what resists and persists despite the test of time. Its eighteen visual landscape poems are collages of aged photographic images, which occasionally include hand-set and -printed letterpress text. Similar to his silent 16mm films, Beacham juxtaposes different gradations of tonalities and textures as if there were no burdens. Almost without words, but instead with page numbers, vertical lines, mountainous perspectives, and steady horizons near sepia rectangles of paper, a new, quiet topography is born. Inner and external madness become deflected by the peaceful asymmetry of a basic formula: understanding by listening to images of love both ethereal and strong, from the past and eternal.”
A Measure of Silence is available for sale here.