Field Recordings | 27.04.2017 – 10.06.2017
Galerie Christian Lethert is pleased to present the exhibition Field Recordings with new works by American artist Jill Baroff. The solo exhibition combines two bodies of works: Other Waters, Hudson River, which is part of an ongoing series of drawings that describe and pattern the movement of water on the planet and the series edges, reversals and increments, which includes new painted wood structures and double-sided drawings.
The series Other Waters, Hudson River builds a narrative of the constant movement of water flowing in the landscape by using data from the Internet to map the tide of the Hudson River north of New York City. Drawn, parallel, curved lines create a pattern of this movement. When the information is drawn a second time moire?s result, giving a sense of light passing across the surface of water. The didactic nature of data does not interest Baroff as much as its persuasive aloofness and the structure it provides. A scientist would likely use this information to prove something. As an artist, Baroff is not as interested in a fixed conclusion as in a series of questions that initiate further inquiries.
Works of the series edges, reversals and increments, like the wooden work Bokashi, 2017, whose 33 parts shine in a delicate gradation of blue tones, serve as markers, benchmarks, stations in space, incidents in the landscape, like the blackbird flying. Baroff is interested in how the paired shapes activate and shape the space between and around themselves. The double-side drawings on Japanese Gampi paper titled Red Nuns represent nautical channel buoys that guide sailors in and out of harbors.
The subtle works within the exhibition Field Recordings reflect Baroff’s ongoing artistic pursuit, resolving toward an interest in creating and transmitting an impression of audition in time.
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, V, 1954
Jill Baroff, born 1954 in New Jersey, studied at Antioch University, Yellow Springs in Ohio. She participated at the Artist Seminar Program at the Whitney Museum of Art, NY and passed the Post Graduate Studies at Hunter College, NY. Baroff has been exhibiting internationally for many years. Recent exhibitions include Drawing Rooms – Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art, at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and in a grove at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.
Please join us at this year’s Art Cologne from April 26th till 29th, Hal 11.2 | booth E5. Furthermore, we are delighted to open our first exhibition with works by Richard Tuttle on June 23rd, 2017.