America: Ideomerica and the Terminal Century
A Discussion with R.C. Baker and Sharon Butler
Saturday, February 18, 2PM at Jennifer Baahng Gallery
On Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 2 PM, gallery artists R.C. Baker and Sharon Butler will delve into the ways their work grapples with today’s digital miasma, as well as what culture critic Greil Marcus famously termed “the old, weird, America.” In Butler’s “Idiomerica” series, painted pixels collide with inkjet prints of household tools, layered images that conjure the capitalist sprawl of the suburbs. In his series “The Terminal Century,” Baker’s psychedelically bright, painted collages imagine how the Blues and the Bomb bookended history’s most — at least, so far — violent century.
Conjunctions, Addenda, Commutations
A Conversation with Raphael Rubinstein and Sharon Butler
Saturday, October 8, at 2PM at Jennifer Baahng Gallery
On October 8, 2022, noted poet and art critic Raphael Rubinstein sat down with gallery artist Sharon Butler to discuss “Next Moves” (Sept 15 – Nov 15, 2022) , Sharon Butler’s latest solo exhibition at JENNIFER BAAHNG. In this BAAHNG SPOTLIGHT, Rubinstein and Butler discuss Butler’s subtle explorations of painting vernacular, in particular, her use of digital sketches as the ground for a recent series of luminous, gridded works. Raphael Rubinstein is a professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art.
Wings of Desire
An Interview with Jaye Moon by Hyewon Yi
April 30, at 5PM at Jennifer Baahng Gallery
On April 30, 2022, in conjunction with the opening of gallery artist Jaye Moon’s solo exhibition “Wings of Desire” (March 25 – April 27, 2022), the artist was interviewed by Hyewon Yi, the Director of the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY Westbury. The conversation between Yi and Moon covers Moon’s career trajectory from her days as an art student in Korea to her recent practice, which focuses on visual communication with particular references to film. “Wings of Desire” featured Moon’s ongoing body of conceptual work that utilizes a numerical system and the colors of Legos within the binary logic of Braille.
A Conversation with Marion K. Maneker and Janet Taylor Pickett
Tuesday, September 14, at 5PM at Jennifer Baahng Gallery
On September 14th, 2021, ARTnews President and Editorial Director Marion K. Maneker joined artist Janet Taylor Pickett for a discussion of “Necessary Memories” (Sept 14 – Nov 20, 2021), her solo exhibition at JENNIFER BAAHNG. The show chronicles Taylor Pickett’s journey as an artist, showcasing selected works from the 1980’s through 2021. In their conversation, Maneker and Taylor Pickett discuss how Blackness functions as what Taylor Pickett calls a “declarative statement” in her work, and the role that history and narrative play in her practice. Born in Ann Arbor Michigan, Taylor Pickett is a mixed media artist whose work is inspired by her life experience as an African American woman.