Sunday, November 5, 2017

Glen Baldridge at Klaus Von Nichtssagend LES, NYC

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide...paintings are coming back in a new and fresh way. From the Clyfford Still laced works of Harold Ancart, to the work from the most recent to close at The Hole...Morgan Blair and more.

Today I went walking in the lower east side of Manhattan, I came across the Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery at 54 Ludlow St. Looking from the outside, dreary as it was with rain all day, I could see there was some very eye catching work. Another young painter has seen the new world of trippy paintings. Glen Baldridge has created a whole world for himself out of the haze of today's hallucinogenic world and into some tremendous painting. Incorporating a technique I immediately recognized as marbleizing, just on a grander scale than any I had witnessed before. Acrylic colors dancing playfully upon the wood paneled surface. Inside that playful surface is a small nugget of wisdom in the title of the painting. Baldridge adds in the title during the making of the work, so if you aren't quite looking, you will get lost in the colors and movement and miss the words that lie within.

This is my first exhibition of Baldridge’s work. If you know me, you know I wouldn’t have been into the overtly word related work of his previous exhibitions. But who’s to really say, i’ve had my mind changed again and again. The press release really helped me gain a foothold on his past and where his ideas come from. I’m not big on text based work, but in my view, these are not text based, I saw them immediately as paintings, no words were even in my mind as I was enjoying them. I knew they had a certain patterning in them but my mind didn’t come to words until after I had read the press release. I’m glad I didn’t know anything about the artist's work before the show. That way I had a totally fresh viewing experience. It’s not something you have much these days, unless you like me, enjoy just walking around and popping into every space you can find, just looking for that new and fresh work that gets your mind going.

A couple just came by and mentioned to each other how they felt the work reminded them of magic eye art from the 80-90's. Looking for that hidden picture that never comes. These paintings are so happy and playful that whomever takes one home will surely have so much to enjoy over the years.

All of this work is residential scale. If you need to know what that means. It means the work is not so huge you need 10 foot ceilings in your home to hang it. At the time of writing this... Ruin Us is my favorite of the group. There's always gonna be a favorite work in any exhibition you see. This is definitely an exhibition I would suggest to you.

And while you are there, be sure to pick up the press release for it. It's got some really nice information about the artist and his background.

Photos: Taken by me with my iphone 4. If you want better photos, hit that donate button here...

Running until December 17th.

Ruin Us
Acrylic on Wood Panel
20 X 16"

I must add how interesting not only the front is, but also the sides of these paintings. Gives me a small bit of feeling how things looked in his studio as he was making these, the color falling off the panel and down the sides, the place where the paint truly does what IT wants to do, while the top is ordered by the implements Baldridge uses to create the swirls of color. 

This one really begins to show off the texture the work has, from it's peaks to it's valleys, you really see how thick the paint is upon these. 

This is where I really wanted to show off how the valleys forming in the white give the painting even more to dig into. The eye has so much fun looking at these, the mind trying to figure out what it going on, while the eye says to the mind, hey, let's just enjoy this visual imagery. It's so hard to write about something that is so visual. You just wanna look. So it's time that you do so. I'll do my best to keep the photos as enticing as possible for you the viewer at home.

Thanks Sam!

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