Claire Baker: SunBody

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"The type of sentence in nature is a flash of lightning." , 2013 Ink On Polyester 50" X 44" © Claire Baker
Claire Baker: SunBody

2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
March 16th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013
Opening: March 16th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and by appt


(Los Angeles) - Edward Cella Art + Architecture is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by emerging Los Angeles based artist Claire Baker. Baker is an abstract painter who strives to harness the spontaneity of gesture through the deliberation of strategy. SunBody, her
newest series of large format paintings, thoughtfully negotiates this fine balance between meditative and active impulses, resulting in works that are mindful and yet
dynamically extemporaneous. Deploying innovative tools and materials, Baker creates unique non-representational paintings with a very distinct visual quality.

The artist’s practice is informed by a deliberate approach to abstraction. Baker denotes physical
time and space in her paintings with gesture and movement, capturing the spatial poetics of
“moments” and phenomena as they are observed and experienced in her studio. Baker
translates her observations of environmental space into abstract representational vocabularies
she distills through deliberate gestures. These scripted motions can be likened to a system of
spatial semiotics, not unlike their linguistic counterpart, as signs charged with meaning and used
systematically as “speech” or script. The execution of her carefully choreographed work is
deliberated rather than automatic; the gestures speculative and mindful rather than reactive and
unmediated. Formally however, the work conveys the vitality of action painting, combining a
seemingly disparate and conflicting set of impulses.

Claire Baker completed her MFA in Painting at UCLA in 2008, after completing her BA in Visual
Art at Brown University with Honors in 2005. Baker received a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2011
and participated in the Kaus Australis residency in The Netherlands in 2012. Baker’s work will
be included in Abstraction, a concurrent group exhibition at the Irvine Arts Center, in Irvine