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Kristin Baker EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Kurtoplac Kurve

Kurtoplac Kurve

Kristin Baker
Kurtoplac Kurve

2004

Acrylic on PVC

304.8 x 609 cm
For Kristin Baker the act of painting is analogous to speedway racing: the dual pursuits for the pinnacle of excellence conjoining as parallel “coliseums” of chance and glory. Drawing relations to the commodified spectacle of sport, Baker’s Kurtoplac Kurve replicates the industrial design of the racetrack in its making. Rendered on panels mounted on a bleacher-like support, its curved structure mirrors a hairpin turn. Built up in a series of stencilled layers, Baker rarely paints with a traditional brush, but rather a combination of spray gloss and spatula sign-painting techniques, mimicking both billboard advertising and body shop finishes; her resulting abstraction draws reference to both modernism and consumer spectacle
Ride The Lightning
Kristin Baker
Ride The Lightning

2003

Acrylic on PVC

259.1 x 304.8 cm
Kristin Baker’s Ride The Lightning uses abstraction as a parallel for action. Inspired by motor racing culture, Baker’s work conveys all the dynamism of this macho arena: greasy, dirty, violent, and infinitely sexy. Painted on PVC, her ultra-sleek surface exudes both power and breakdown. Embedding stylised and graphic forms within a grid-like pattern, Baker references both cubism and futurism. Each square containing the charge of a freeze-frame explosion, haloed by dispersing clouds of light and smoke, Baker captures the unequivocal sensation of a single moment as a lingering, reverberated energy.
Excide Batteries Beer a Sphere
Kristin Baker
Excide Batteries Beer a Sphere

2003

Acrylic on PVC

244 x 304.8 cm
Painted on PVC, Kirsten Baker’s Excide Batteries Beer a Sphere reworks the plastic associations of media spectacle with painterly flourish. Applied with scrapers and palette knives instead of brushes Baker’s colours slide over the ultra smooth surface in transparent blurs and crystalline shapes, conveying the thunderous energy of stadium sport with both jubilance and trepidation. Grounds of electrifying pink and green become devoured and tarnished by greasy greys and dark oily clouds, fragmenting the scene into refractive prisms reminiscent of the sanctified aura of stained glass.
The Unfair Advantage
Kristin Baker
The Unfair Advantage

2003

Acrylic on PVC

152.4 x 274.3 cm
Using formalist abstraction reminiscent of Moholy-Nagy or Malevich, Baker’s The Unfair Advantage updates ideas of technology and painting. Through carefully balanced composition, geometric shards of colour hover in freeze-framed motion, and diffused translucent puddles read as lens flare, explosions, and gaseous haloes. Balancing the illusions of hard-edged solidity and the weightlessness of light, Baker creates a spatial deception implicative of film or digital media. Working with industrial materials and sign painting techniques Baker’s process fuses artistic engagement with mass media asserting futuristic ethos.
The Raft Of Perseus
Kristin Baker
The Raft Of Perseus

2006

Acrylic on PVC

255.3 x 406.4 cm (in 2 panels)
In The Raft Of Perseus, Kirstin Baker’s subject changes from car racing to Greek mythology, though the connotations to abstract painting remain the same: adventure and risk translating to the stuff of legend. Picturing Perseus’s banished raft thrashing amidst the raging sea, Baker’s work operates as an analogy for the loneliness and heroism of artistic pursuit. Rendered in the pastoral blues and golds of religious painting, Baker captures the essence of challenge and success with stylised flourish. The solid geometric beams of the raft float in contrast to the water’s organic currents and the translucent light of the sky, creating a sense of staidness in the turbulent motion.
Big Bang Vroom
Kristin Baker
Big Bang Vroom

2003

Acrylic on PVC

243.8 x 304.8 cm
Kirstin Baker’s Big Bang Vroom revamps the glamour of motor sport as a composition of eloquent design. Using the mimetic qualities of paint, greys smear and sputter across her smooth PVC surface replicating the burnt rubber of skidding tires and swells of tarry smoke. Baker juxtaposes these spontaneous gestures against the meticulous graphics of the abstracted car and grandstand, accentuating the tension between precision, control, speculation, and danger.

Kristin Baker's BIOGRAPHY

Kristin Baker
Born in 1975, Stamford, CT
Lives and works in New York City



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2009
Deitch Projects, New York

2007
Surge and Shadow, Deitch Projects, New York

2005 M
Fall Out, Acme, Los Angeles

2004
Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2003
Flat Out, Deitch Projects, New York, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2009
Abstract America, The Saactchi Gallery, London

2008
Pretty Ugly, Gavin BrownĘĽs enterprise and Maccarone Inc., N
Admirer, 31 Grand, NY

2007
The Incomplete, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Sequence 1: Painting and Sculpture in the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi,
Venice
American Art in China, !organized by the Guggenheim Museum, MoCA Shanghai,
Shanghai, China

2006
USA Today, The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Garden,
London
Fung Wah, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
Yale University Art Gallery, Kahn Building, New Haven, CT

2005
Neocon, Gavin BrownĘĽs Enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY

2004
Fight or Flight, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, NY
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY

2003
The Burnt Orange Heresy, Space 101, Brooklyn, NY
Beside, ACME, Los Angeles

2002
Painting Report, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Champion, Zinc Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Loaded, Midway Contemporary Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN
10 Seconds to Love, Muller Dechiara, Berlin, Germany