Nancy Baker is an artist based in New York City who focuses on collage. After relocating from North Carolina, Baker shifted away from large-scale sculptural installations and paintings to two-dimensional work that mixes digital representations of hardware parts with glitter, paint and ink. The artist’s depictions of chains, rivets, bolts and connectors transform otherwise stoic blue collar objects into mesmerizing mosaics.
I Gave You Everything (2012) features layers of hand-cut interlocking silver rings and chains that amass together throughout the composition while building up toward the center highlighted with glints of gold. The visual feel of polished metal keeps this work light to the eyes, but text seen waving into the center suggests excess and embellishment. Another piece titled Be Just (2012) is a vertical silver form comprised of sharp-angled hooks that twist together beneath copper-colored tips. The title of the work appears at the top and bottom of the piece, as a mirrored reflection. Accidentally Indivisible (2012) is even more dynamic, creating volume with subdued tones of yellow and green, so as to suggest these layered cutout forms as tangible objects.
Throughout 2012 the artist participated in several group shows such as I’ll Take You There that took place at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery from June 28th to August 10th. Baker also had a solo show titled Visions at the Miriam Block Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2011 the Marcia Wood Gallery of Atlanta hosted a solo show for the artist titled Twenty One Gun Salute. Since 1992 Baker has exhibited extensively throughout California, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina. Her work appears in many private and institutional collections such as The US Art in Embassies Program, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The International Collage Center, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Arthur and Carol Goldberg. Baker has received two North Carolina Visual Arts Fellowships, and one NEA grant. On May 10th, 2013 Nancy Baker will present new work in Disorderly Orderly, a group exhibition at Calico Gallery, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and then in June, she will be in an exhibit of Rococo inspired work at LengthbyWidthbyHeight in Seattle Washington.
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