Monday, August 24th, 2009

Joa Baldinger in Sagaponak, NY

Untitled (To Petra Von Kant) 2, 2008, oil on copper, 18 x 18 inches.

Untitled (To Petra Von Kant) 2, 2008, oil on copper, 18 x 18 inches.

Joa Baldinger’s solo exhibition, titled “Burning Is Being In the Truest Sense,” is the inagural display of the Ayn Foundation’s new gallery in a converted potato barn in Sagaponak, NY, through October 15. The show is curated by Kara Vander Weg who writes as follows about the artist:

Baldinger’s work can be considered within an historical continuum of painting. The lush palette of Gustav Klimt, the negative space in Henri Matisse’s cutouts, and the abstract purity of Imi Knoebel’s paintings are all relevant. A tension between physical structure and surface creates a palpable energy and further reveals Baldinger’s interest in the tenets of Minimalism. In a series of five panels, books on a shelf are variously rotated, recombined, or enlarged, distilling them to abstract building blocks of color. The cool mathematical rigor of each precisely squared panel is offset by the deliberate irregularities in Baldinger’s brushstrokes and the uneven opacity of paint across the surface. Together with her vibrant palette and the warmth of the copper backgrounds, her compositions suggest the slow, imperfect burn of life.

28 Hildreth Lane, Sagaponack, NY. Friday-Sunday, 12-6 pm

This was an artcritical PIC in September 2009