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Baker Overstreet EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Glazed Gas Gangs Gas And Gimp Gump
Baker Overstreet
Glazed Gas Gangs Gas And Gimp Gump

2006-2007

Acrylic on canvas

121.9 x 151.1cm
Influenced by tribal and folk art, Baker Overstreet envisions a primitive abstraction reflective of contemporary zeitgeist. In totemic compositions of bold colour and stylised patterning Overstreet develops his own painterly lexicon comprised of personal symbolism and gesture. Through their atavistic formalism, Overstreet’s symmetrical arrangements create deceptive pictorial fields: Rough scrawled lines and blocks of vibrant hue evoke fleeting suggestions
of figurative or architectural form, creating moments of recognition only to be devoured by the urgency of the paintings’ surfaces.
Dirty Piller's Beauty Bumps
Baker Overstreet
Dirty Piller's Beauty Bumps

2006-2007

Acrylic on canvas

196.2 x 168.3 cm
Using abstraction as a means to negotiate between this internalized and externalised perception, Overstreet’s paintings evolve as contemplative planes of contradiction. Thick gooey swatches of impasto are juxtaposed with wandering drips, hurried markmaking, and defined geometric forms. Areas of patchy tincture battle to dominate their visible under-painting, while tonal perspective is skewed, as each individual shape tries to extrapolate itself from the flatness of the picture plane. Overstreet’s paintings evolve as instinctive and raw sentiments; eliciting a faux-naïve charisma his paintings bridge the gulf between primordial ritual and modern excess.
Faberge Luvas
Baker Overstreet
Faberge Luvas

2006-2007

Acrylic on canvas

147.3 x 172.7cm
Overstreet’s Faberge Luvas broaches glamour and mystery with crudely rendered gusto. Roughly approximating a grand hall interior with thick textured brushwork in purple and orange,
Overstreet’s canvas operates as a stage set for narrative and painterly action. Setting two African shield-like forms against a garishly painted background, a band of dirty pink secures the
surface’s flatness while the central diamond shape forces an awkward perspective. Looming over the scene, a Masonic emblem infuses all with secretive mystical authority.
Hot Mic
Baker Overstreet
Hot Mic

2006-2007

Acrylic on canvas

119.4 x 101.6 cm
Conveying undertones of Art Brut, outsider art, and graffiti, Overstreet’s large scale canvases offer contemporary ‘folk’ painting as something equally primitive and commercial. In Hot Mic, his deistic figure stands with the frivolous authority of a logo, a self-styled brand of carnivalesque dumbness. Rendered in bigtop red, white, and green, the trippy patterning blares mesmerizingly against a ground of layered and shifting blacks, giving the painting’s benign motif a sinister dimension.
Top Hat ISO Bottom Fatty
Baker Overstreet
Top Hat ISO Bottom Fatty

2006

Acrylic on canvas

105.4 x 105.4 cm
Flattering Turtleneck
Baker Overstreet
Flattering Turtleneck

2006

Acrylic on canvas

163 x 163 cm
Overstreet’s casual painting style belies an astounding authority and confidence. His solidly balanced compositions and fluid showoff gestures create precarious illusions where imagination and form meet. In Flattering Turtleneck a stylised portrait dissembles into contrasting associations to billboard signage, aboriginal hieroglyphs, and decorative patterning, flaunting Overstreet’s expansive lexicon of painterly vernacular.
Tuff Titties
Baker Overstreet
Tuff Titties

2007

Latex and acrylic on canvas

101.6 x 101.6 cm
Alibaster Plaster Caster
Baker Overstreet
Alibaster Plaster Caster

2008

Acrylic and latex on canvas

132.1 x 170.2 cm
Using painting as a platform for wild invention, Overstreet’s Alibaster Plaster Caster dazzles with its Technicolor efficiency. Evoking a sort of psychedelic machine, acid hued geometric
shapes assert their form and function, each a vital component in the tightly balanced arrangement. As chunky blocks of primary tones anchor the scene, zippy stripes and motley dots refute gravity, giving Overstreet’s cumbrous futurism a sense of neon weightlessness.
The Continental Bathosphere
Baker Overstreet
The Continental Bathosphere

2008

Acrylic and latex on canvas

157.5 x 121.9 cm
Overstreet’s The Continental Bathosphere maps out a crazy architecture. Rendered with all the gaudiness of a casino, his composition’s impossible physics are precariously founded over a
heavily built up surface. As planes of colour approximate flatness over the remnants of drafts beneath, their raffish tones compete for spatial dominance by reverberating in and out of depth,
furthering the disorientating effect of Overstreet’s topsy-turvy perspective.

Baker Overstreet's BIOGRAPHY

Baker Overstreet
Born in 1981,Augusta, Georgia
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY

2009
Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis (forthcoming) Fredericks & Freiser, New York

2007
Fredericks & Freiser, New York

2006
Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta

2004
Mary Pauline Gallery, Augusta


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, England

2008
Artspace, Unnamable Things, New Haven, Connecticut

2007
Sister, Gimme a little Sign, Los Angeles, California
Fredericks & Freiser, The Armory Show, New York

2006
China Art Objects, Smoke and Mirrors, Los Angeles, California
Curators Without Borders, Escape From New York, Berlin, Germany
Fredericks & Freiser, Volta Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Fredericks & Freiser, The Armory Show, New York
Yale University Painting Thesis Exhibition


   




Other artists in ABSTRACT AMERICA: NEW PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

Kristin Baker    John Bauer    Mark Bradford    Joe Bradley    Tom Burr    Jedediah Caesar     Carter    Eric and Heather ChanSchatz    Peter Coffin    Guerra de la Paz    Francesca DiMattio    Bart Exposito    Mark Grotjahn    Rachel Harrison    Jacob Hashimoto    Matt Johnson    Ryan Johnson    Paul Lee    Chris Martin    Elizabeth Neel    Baker Overstreet    Michael Phelan    Stephen G. Rhodes    Amanda Ross-Ho    Sterling Ruby    Gedi Sibony    Amy Sillman    Agathe Snow    Kirsten Stoltmann    Dan Walsh    Jonas Wood    Aaron Young