The BMA presents artworks by sculptor Jonathan Latiano and photographer Lynne Parks and a video presentation of cellist Dariusz Sckoraczewski, winners of last year’s $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.
Latiano's immersive, site-specific installation calls attention to the extinction of the baiji dolphin, an aquatic mammal known as the Goddess of the Yangtze. A pod of suspended driftwood sculptures, carved to mimic the baiji dolphin's skeleton, gradually takes shape and dramatically rises above viewers before cascading across an expansive gallery and slowly reverting to the natural form of driftwood.
Parks' installation focuses on two parallel bodies of work. In the first series, photographic portraits of deceased birds draw attention to the plight of birds unable to navigate during migration season due to light pollution and buildings without visible glass. This phenomenon of light altering perception is the subject of the second series, which documents the glass structures and spaces that create this disorienting effect for birds and people alike.
The Baker Artist Awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. A diverse selection of works by nine $1,000 b-grant winners, curated by the Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, was presented at D center Baltimore last December.