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Jimmy Baker announcement
LANL, 2010 With Oscillating, Elongated Rectilinear Wave Pattern Produced By Hypersonic Speakers © Courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton

5801 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
September 18th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Opening: September 18th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 11-6 or by appointment


Jimmy Baker
September 18 – October 23, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday, September 18th, 6-8pm

Jimmy Baker’s newest body of work entitled Sentinel, on view at Roberts & Tilton, represents  the next installment of paintings and audio that focus on the solvent nature of technology  inferred on the landscape. Digitally mined from social media sites, these anonymous amateur  hotographs are woven together with unusual documents of military testing. The  paintings embody a visible tension, a disassociative quality as each image betrays its own quietude with subtle but impossible focal anomalies, to strange supernatural blasts of light,  and paranormal novas exploding across the picture-plane. The paintings are very smooth oil  renderings with contrasting areas of soft blending and modeled brushwork, replete with glossy  urfaces coated in pours of oil mediums. The analog of these handmade images to  digitally manipulated ones creates a paradox that is central to Baker’s discussion of a post-digital world. Various audio clips have been captured, manipulated, and created to  accompany the paintings as a spectre of fear and uncertainty. The audio is channeled through  ypersonic speakers that were derived from military development to beam focused  sonic waves like a searchlight.

These paintings refer to specific geographic areas that have housed the history of U.S.  military  testing and surveillance. The works stand as oblique ciphers to an ever-shifting sense  of secrecy, and a continued push into the invisible (often unmanned) world of  American power. As a parallel to this, the superficially austere compositions seek to hide the  genetically manipulated process behind the work. While genre paintings of the landscape  served to exploit the awe of nature, to incite reverence and a sense of economic promise,  Sentinel records the residue of technology on our land, that is at once the subject and the  viewer of a million lenses.

Selected exhibitions by Jimmy Baker include: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio  solo) (2011); The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers,  176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, catalogue (group) (2010); Project Space 176, London;  New Galerie de France, Paris (solo) (2010); Foxy Production, New York (solo); LISTE, Basel   (solo); Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (all 2008); Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California (solo); Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL (both 2007); Foxy Production, New York (solo)  (2006); Weston-Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (solo) (2006); Publico, Cincinnati, Ohio;  DePauw Biennial, Greencastle, IN; Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia (all 2005.)