Posts Tagged ‘Glen Baldridge’

Cover Version (LP)

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Above, signage at BAM; below: Eddie Martinez, Rolling Stones Flowers, 2011

“BAMart is pleased to invite you to the opening of Cover Version (LP), an exhibition in which diverse artists reimagine the cover art of albums they find influential. These unique reinterpretations of the iconic LP bring new life to the art that covers vinyl, highlighting the intersections of art and music.”

Cover Version (LP) Curator Timothy Hull

On the eve of yet another blizzard – anticipated blizzard – scores of artists assembled at BAM for the opening of Cover Version (LP), curated by artist Timothy Hull.

For an artist, the mission of the show is really the best assignment imaginable.  Pick your favorite album and customize its cover.  Cover the cover.  But that’s also a difficult challenge.  Pick something too simple, and you look like a philistine.  Too obscure, and you look pretentious.  Your art object will be evaluated for its referent, and not just its inherent qualities.

Keegan McHargue, Uncarved Block, 2011

(l) Scott Hug, Deep, deep, deep in my eyes there's a round, round, round circle of lives, 2010; (r) TM Davy, I do not want what I haven't got, 2010 , TM Davy (r)

And aside from your selection, can you really top the original album cover?  Taking on an iconic cover – one instantly recognized by the masses, replicated into posters and apparel, hunted in a jukebox – could be so intimidating that you move on to something else.  Can you really improve on Dark Side of the Moon?  Another Green World?  Nevermind?  Abbey Road? Nightclubbing? Anything by Iron Maiden?  And finally, the project seems quaint in its focus on an industry almost obsolete.  Record-store point of sale is a thing of the past, except for specialists more likely seeking an imported 12″ than a popular LP.  Music is increasingly purchased in the text-based ether of a search engine.  The cover seems only remotely relevant if you know the name of the band or track you want.

Elizabeth Huey, Neutral Milk Hotel/Aeroplane Over the Sea, 2010

Luckily, in a tight scene of Brooklyn artists, your peers are supportive and really just happy to see what you came up with.  Curator Timothy Hull manages to attract circles of earnest, bright, and clever artists working in all media and performing in all continents of the art world.  Many of the artist in the show have sterling curating resumes, too: Scott Hug (K48), Denise Kupferschmidt (The Apartment Show), Josh Kline (EAI),  Glen Baldridge (Forth Estate), and Michael Mahalchick (lots), for example.  So relax, iTunes artist; you are among friends.

Butt Johnson, Persuasive Percussion 2, 2010

Featured Artists: Glen Baldridge, Kadar Brock, Colby Bird, Jessica Cannon, Mathew Cerletty, Devon Costello, Justin Craun, TM Davy, Langdon Graves, Joseph Hart;

(l-r) Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Brian Droitcour, Jim Gaylord

Elizabeth Huey, Scott Hug, Butt Johnson, Faten Kanaan, Denise Kupferschmidt, Josh Kline, Erica Magrey, Michael Mahalchick, Eddie Martinez, Dave McDermott;

Artist Keegan McHargue

Keegan McHargue, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Nolan Simon, Colin Snapp, Jennifer Sullivan, Nick Van Woert, Ryan Wallace and Will Yackulic.


UPDATE: Flaunt magazine has an interview with Timothy Hull!

Taken by Trees

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Art lovers at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

Defend Brooklyn, Chelsea Girls!  The triumvirate behind Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery recently uprooted from Union Ave in Williamsburg and will soon transplant to a new space downtown.  For now, Klaus Gallery has set up a temporary outpost on West 21st, formerly occupied by Andrew Kreps Gallery.  The high ceilings and expansive walls, dramatically raw, might form a launch pad for the resilient gallery, especially in the prime Chelsea location it deserves. “We’ve never had a wall that big,” said co-owner Sam Wilson, pointing to the epic-scaled diagonal west wall.  (And we love what you’ve done with it!)

Artist Glen Baldridge (l) with Sam Wilson of Klaus Gallery

Glen Baldridge, artist and co-founder of printing powerhouse Forth Estate, exhibits five new works on paper completed through a process that fuses photography, printing, and drawing.  First, he covers the paper with a homogenous imprimatura of graphite.  Over this graphite sheen, he screenprints arboreal photographic images in clear acrylic polymer, and then erases away the remaining areas to uncover/recover the fields of white, now “standing in for snow, light, and sky in a barren terrain.”   Through traditional imagery, Baldridge relegates “gesture” to oblique, auxiliary labor and offers a distinctly contemporary approach to the centuries-old legacy of landscape imagery.  Moreover, these unique pieces could, theoretically, be reproduced in near exactitude.  (How bout it, Glen?)  The “original” image would then be a fertile ancestor to a litter of 20 sibling drawings.  A family tree.

(l-r) Dealer Rachel Uffner, Dan Nadel of Picturebox, and artist Benjamin Butler

Benjamin Butler‘s paintings are as fractal and multi-faceted as the finest gems, yet they don’t feel excessively precious.  His palette is liberating and his handling elegantly stress-free.  The inclusive range of hues reaches multi-mood and inter-seasonal levels, successfully connecting to – and beyond – the show’s equinoctial title and timing.

(l-r) Artists Yuri Masnyj and Ernesto Caivano

(For me, the predicament of this focused show is that Glen Baldridge stages the inhospitable, skeletal tundra of winter; while Ben Butler’s vivacious, delicious course of rich color seems like the antidote to the S.A.D. symptoms – except that the paintings won’t be up when winter sets in.)

Stunned Brian Droitcour all like "OMG it's a double rainbow"