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thebrooklynrail.org - Kristin Baker - Flat Out
Flat Out is a show about fast cars, tight curves, and, explosions. Kristin Baker has created a full sensory environment. Walking into Deitch Projects, I was suddenly projected into the pit. Busted orange cones lined the lower walls leading into the main arena, where billboards towered above the marred remains of NASCAR and Grand Prix. I could smell the Castrol oil. Compared with the works displayed in Painting Report at PS1 last year, which were overshadowed by Al Heldâ€™s massive sci-fi landscapes, the paintings at Deitch demand to be reckoned with.
Kristin Baker is fascinated by the connection between painting and automobile racing, particularly by the contrast between accident versus control that characterizes both pursuits. She sees the racetrack as a contemporary version of the Roman coliseum, where the spectators of all social classes converge to watch the expert drivers steer their enormously expensive cars, covered with advertising, into spectacular crashes.
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American Kristin Baker provides us with a collision of colour in her series of auto racing paintings.
The crowd at Deitch Projects, one of the few vital galleries in SoHo to have resisted the exodus to Chelsea, had already spilled out onto Grand Street by the time I arrived. This was the first Friday of the 2003 art season and a grand tour of openings had lead me through scores of packed art houses further West. Deitch openings, of course, attract a different sort of crowd, one that has more to do with the pinnacle of youth style than contemporary art, and tonight was typical; hipsters with trucker caps and the electroclash kids were out in force.
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