Art Spotting: Kristen Baker

Written by Casey

Female artist Kristen Baker emphasizes the importance of the materiality of paint through her built up layers of troweled acrylic. She combines multipe forms of art including; printmaking, photography and paper assemblage to create her three-dimensional sculptors. What is so unique about this artist is her non-traditional approach favors plastic on plastic in place of brushes on canvas. Some areas are masked with tape as an outline for straight lines or ripped edges. Then, with the mark-making methods, she layers combinations of matte and gloss paint in vibrant hues. Although her paintings have a whimsical and light quality, her process is carefully planned and executed. Exhilarating speed, movement, and colorful shards of translucent color are among the signature elements Kristin Baker incorporates in her pieces to emulate the interplay of light, motion, and space.

Currently based in Brooklyn, she has had exhibitions at Centre George Pompidou in Paris (2004), Acme Gallery in Los Angeles (2005), and Deitch Projects in New York (2003, 2007 and 2009). Today her work can be seen at the Whitney Museum New York, The Denver Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Saatchi Gallery in London, and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

To view more of Kristen Baker’s work you can visit her site here.

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BLEU. She's an oasis child busy being born in New York. She lives in the East Village and spends time writing, reading, making movies, shopping at Chrome Hearts and Opening Ceremony. You might find her indulging at Momofuku, or, she is spinning off those calories at Equinox while simultaneously doing homework.

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