Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jennifer Baker Paintings and Monoprints

At the Atwater Gallery upstate in Rhinebeck, cartoonist Michael Crawford is showing a small selection of paintings in the back room while another artist, Jennifer Baker, is exhibiting her paintings and mono prints in the larger space. The two artists complement each other nicely. Mr. Crawford's paintings explore the figure, color, and--for want of a better term--abstract cartography.

Ms. Baker's work, on the other hand, examines the changing industrial landscape of the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was a pleasure to meet the artist at the show's opening and to hear her discuss her work. She has painted some beautiful churches to be sure, but also aging factories, decaying industrial architecture, consuming fires, and even some relentless construction equipment. The techniques are surprisingly varied but the paintings and prints are all skillfully executed. They help to document her region's particular social and industrial characteristics even as they change forever.

Jennifer Baker, “Wedding Party, Saint Andrews Orthodox Church,” Oil on Mylar, 34 x 22"

Note:  The exhibition "Jennifer Baker and Michael Crawford Paintings and Prints" at the Atwater Gallery in Rhinebeck, New York runs through August 13. Michael Crawford's works in the back room were discussed in yesterday's post.


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