New York-based artists Steven Baldi and Lucas Knipscher have a show currently on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery until August 7th. The show is a continuation of a project initiated by Piper Marshall of the Swiss Institute at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia. The current manifestation of the exhibition considers the capacity for images to synchronously reveal and obstruct meaning by ways of construction and reconfiguration. The works in the show reflect the shifts of geography and time, and include sculpture, film, photography and painting.
Steven Baldi’s work attempts to examine the multifaceted nature of visual language by taking on overburdened material forms of representation such as painting, 16mm film and photography, thus re-establishing meaning through process method and proximity. Baldi utilizes cascading sign systems inherent in the photographic medium to evaluate how the making and experience of objects relate to their exhibition and subsequent cataloging. Taking into consideration how the past, present and future documentation play a role in the making, recording and distributing of exhibitions, Baldi uses the historical, be it the immediate historical of his own exhibition history or working methods established by figures of Modernity, to reorient ones relationship to meaning and re-cognition.
Counter to Baldi’s practice, Lucas Knipscher immerses himself through identity and medium specificity into the layers of image making. As if with a microscopic lens, Knipscher balances the material aspects of the photographic genre employing various printing techniques used throughout the history of pictures. New forms of picture making such as photocopies, digital printing and mass media posters are combined with traditional processes such as Silver Gelatin and Platinum printing, and are handled both sculpturally and conventionally to complicate the manner in which we engage with images. Knipscher uses the photographic industry as a subject and an object, pointing towards the constantly shifting stages of meaning determined by material and display.
Steven Baldi lives and works in New York City. He received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Steven Baldi, Lucas Knipscher, Piper Marshall, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, And so on, and so on, and so on… Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY, NOISE, Curated by Negar Azimi and Babak Radboy for Bidoun, Galerie Sfeir- Semler, Beirut, Lebanon, and a solo presentation, Image Image, White Columns, New York.
Lucas Knipscher is based in New York and completed his MFA at Bard in 2008. His work has been shown in a group show at the Swiss Institute in New York and Steven Baldi, Lucas Knipscher, Piper Marshall, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. His work was also included in Leopards in the Temple, curated by Fionn Meade at the Sculpture Center in New York, and internationally in a group show at Balice Hertling in Paris.
Text and images provided by Andrew Kreps Gallery