Towards the Land of the Giants
Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
10 April – 21 June 2015
This exhibition centers around Jo Baer’s most recent series of paintings, In the Land of the Giants. This series, developed since 2009, reflects on her life-long interest in history and science. Inspired by Palaeolithic cave paintings, Baer saw in these ancient marks, with their instilled meaning, a midway between abstraction and figuration. Depicting esoteric and evocative imagery from her years living in the remote countryside of County Louth (Ireland), springs, stone alignments and phases of the moon are montaged against a backdrop of vast rolling green landscapes. The works trace her fascination in Neolithic innovation, eschatology and the sublime, whilst mapping convergences between humans and nature, and timelines of thought and memory.
This exhibition draws a lineage from her earlier minimalist works, through her experiments with the figurative in the 1990s, through to her current emboldened aesthetic. It brings attention to her continued consideration of composition as a means of stimulating an active way of looking, drawing the gaze back and forth across compositions and the canvas as a delineation of time.
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