MONTREL BEVERLY (b. 2003) is an Austin-based artist whose practice focuses on sculptures made out of pipe cleaners. These art objects are often kinetic, with moving and detachable parts that add to viewers' joy and wonderment. Beverly began sculpting at an early age, using common household materials like paper towels and straws to create original characters. He started molding pipe cleaners in elementary school after his teacher introduced him to the medium. Pipe cleaners provide Beverly with an immediacy that is important to his process, a material that he can quickly manipulate and begin solving the puzzle of his sculpture with. "When you bend it, it stays. I like that. I can put things in different poses and change things." Though pipe cleaners are often dismissed as a craft material, Beverly elevates them to fine art, building elaborate creations that include automobiles, food, Ferris wheels, and buildings. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic magazine and represented at New York City's Outsider Art Fair.
"I like the beauty of making art. If I ever get bored I can play with the pipe cleaners. When I tell people I'm a pipe cleaner artist they say, 'that's odd but cool.' I want to be Time Magazine's Pipe Cleaner Artist of the Year."
Go To Your Room, SAGE Studio, Austin, TX
Be Kind Rewind, SAGE Studio, Austin, TX
Label Makers, SAGE Studio, Austin, TX
The Art Mob's Out Tonight, Space C7, San Antonio, TX
Outsider Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
Truckload of Art, SAGE Studio, Austin, TX
BODY WORK, SAGE Studio, Austin, TX