Saturday, May 19, 2007

VENICE - Palazzo Grassi

Photograph by Manfredi Bellati

Flying Curve, Differential Manifold 2007 by Kristin Baker. Partly inspired by Duchamp’s last painting on canvas, Tu m’, (1918), New York artist, Kristin Baker created an abstract painting on transparent panels of plexiglas that are mounted on a free-standing, canti-levered armature measuring more than nine meters long. The work’s kaleidoscopic array of color and form not only evokes her fascination with the spectacle of race car speeding, but also creates an immersive sensory experience that transcends traditional painting. Her decision to paint on Plexiglas was motivated, she says by her desire ”To make the painting seem as if it was flying off the wall, so that it would go beyond the viewer’s peripheral vision in order to emphasize the experience of paint as well as evoke the feeling of speed.” Baker along with Milan based, Roberto Cuoghi are the youngest artists represented in the exhibition.

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