Glen Baldridge

The Dark Air

May 14 - June 19, 2005

Opening Reception : May 13, 2005 7-9 pm

Glen Baldridge, setting the traps, 2005 screenprint and charcoal on paper 29 x 20 1⁄2 inches
sunset sparkle (the end), 2005 archival inkjet pigment and screenprint on paper 22 x 22 inches
Glen Baldridge, getting lengthier than the hay, 2005 powdered graphite on paper 22 3/8 x 30 inches
Glen Baldridge, 9 scoops, 2005 powdered graphite and acrylic on paper 30 x 22 3⁄8 inches
Glen Baldridge, 18 and life, 2005 acrylic, powdered graphite and carbon on paper 22 x 30 inches
Glen Baldridge, fate let me know,, 2005 powdered graphite on paper 30 x 22 1⁄4 inches

Press Release

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition for Brooklyn-based artist Glen Baldridge. The show will feature Baldridge’s works on paper from 3 ongoing series that combine drawing, airbrush and silkscreen techniques. In addition he has created a limited edition color screenprint for the show. The exhibition will run from May 14 to June 19, 2005. There will be an opening reception for the artist on May 13 from 7-9pm.

Baldridge works with ideas of youthful expectations, coming of age, and fear of adulthood. His work reflects upon the warped and cynical perspectives of alterna-youth, the adolescent and machiavellian posturing as bigger and stronger than thou, survival of the fittest, and pubescent attempts to set ones self apart from the status quo. At first glance, the sardonic attitude of adolescence is the uniting factor in as varied images as those of skulls on skateboards and figure-skaters falling on the ice, but each image has a delicate insecurity and sadness that undercuts its “fronted” attitude. The deceptively rough appearance of the marks is countered by Baldridge’s use of rennaisance cartoon transfer techniques which include the laborious process of working and reworking each image through thousands of tiny pinpricks, as well as flawless technical abilities in serigraphy and draftsmanship.