Jonathan Baldock

Jonathan Baldock’s work explores a contemporary ‘primitivism’, transforming between sculpture and prop, disparate cultural references and exquisite craftsmanship his work takes the form of painting, sculpture, installation and performance, all with a sense of the uncanny. Sewn patches of felt replace painted background in Baldock’s paintings and encase carved blocks stacked as monumental monolith or dispersed as prop. At once, creating a performative space and occupying a gallery space as emblematic abstract works. Porcelain, ceramic, straw and leather and further materials are employed within these frameworks as fragile marks and gestures, or as sculptures assemblage or groupings of implausible tools. Viewed as an installation or encountered as individual sculptural parts, the viewer and the object and the space they simultaneously occupy is brought into question, as ritual act or theatre.

Jonathan Baldock (b. 1980, Pembury, UK) graduated from The Royal Collage of Art in 2005. He has exhibited internationally, with recent solo shows including: ‘SUCKERZ’ (with Emma Hart), l’étrangère, London (2015); ‘Notes from the Orifice’ at VITRINE, London(2014); ‘The Soft Machine’, Chapter, Cardiff (2014); ‘Multiple points in this crude landscape’, Primary, Nottingham (2014); ‘Warm Bodies’ (with Olga Balema), Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Netherlands (2014); ‘Hot Spots’, The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada (2014); ‘A Strange mix between a Butcher’s Shop and a Nightclub’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2013); ‘The Blue Epoch’, Colloredo-­Mansfeldský Palác, AMoYA, Prague, Czech (2012); ‘Musica’, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy (2011); ‘Pierrot’, Peregrine Program, Chicago, USA, (2011); ‘The Fool’s Flipside’, Cell Projects, London, UK (2010); and ‘H.E’ The Fine Art Society London, UK (2008).

Group exhibitions include: ‘Only the Lonely’, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, Paris, FR (2015), ‘Dance First, Think Later’, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK (2015); ‘A Friend is Only a Human Body’, Nicelle Beauchene, New York, US (2015); ‘Hey, I’m Mr Poetic’, Wysing Arts Centre Cambridge, UK (2014); ‘Two Figures in a Landscape’ (choreographed by Rubato Dance Group), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2013); ‘Relativity Absolute’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2013); ‘The Gathering’, Mytoro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany (2013); ‘ARE YOU ALRIGHT?’ New Art From Britain, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, CA (2013); ‘Implausible Imposters’, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK (2013); ‘A Conspiracy of Detail’, Mackintosh Museum Glasgow, UK (2013); ‘Pile’, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales (2011); ‘Memories and Encounters’, Via Farini Milan, IT (2009); ‘NEWSPEAK: British Art Now’, Hermitage Museum St Petersburg, Russia (2009) and Saatchi Gallery London, UK (2008). He has received international awards and residencies, including: Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral Residency (2015), Abbey Fellowship, British School in Rome, Italy (2013); Residency – The Forest, Wysing Art Centre Cambridge, UK (2012); and Skowhegan, School of Painting and Sculpture Residency, Maine, USA (2007). VITRINE presented Jonathan Baldock’s work in a solo booth at NADA New York (2015) and a group booth at The Manchester Contemporary (2014).

Baldock is currently part of the online group project SUNSCREEN commissioned by EM15 for the Venice Biennale (2015). He has designed the costumes and set for Kokoro Dance: Book of Love at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Vancouver, CA (2015). He will have an exhibition with Maria Zahle and Nicholas Pope at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, UK (2016), and Kunstforeningen and EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art (2016). He has an upcoming solo exhibition with Nicelle Beauchene, NY (2016), and a two person touring exhibit with Emma Hart at Peer Gallery and the De La War Pavilion (2016). His work will also be included in the exhibition ‘Archetypes, Power & Puppets’ at The College of Wooster Art Museum, OH, USA (Sept 2015).

 

Jonathan Baldock, A strange cross between a butcher’s shop and a nightclub, Installation view, 2013. Image courtesy of Wysing Arts Centre.

Jonathan Baldock, A strange cross between a butcher’s shop and a nightclub, Installation view, 2013. Image courtesy of Wysing Arts Centre.

Jonathan Baldock, A strange cross between a butcher’s shop and a nightclub, Installation view, 2013. Image courtesy of Wysing Arts Centre.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ. Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ, Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ, Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ. Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ. Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock Compliments to the Chef. Wood, polymer clay, synthetic hair. Set of 2 spoons, 7 x 77 cm, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, SUCKERZ. Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of L’Etrangere.

A Friend is Only A Human Body, Installation view, 2015. Image courtesy of Nicelle Beauchene.

Jonathan Baldock, PA UBU, NADA Art Fair NYC. Booth Installation shot, Hessian, raw cotton, acrylic paint, dolls eyes, human hair, wood, ceramic, various textile, silk thread, sheaf’s of wheat, 226 x 273 x 88 cm, 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, PA UBU. NADA Art Fair NYC booth Installation shot, 2015, Hessian, raw cotton, acrylic paint, dolls eyes, human hair, wood, ceramic, various textile, silk thread, sheaf’s of wheat, dimensions variable, 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, The Book of Love, Performance Shot, 2015. Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

Jonathan Baldock, The Book of Love, Performance Shot, 2015. Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

Jonathan Baldock, The Book of Love, Performance Shot, 2015. Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

Jonathan Baldock, The Book of Love, Performance Shot, 2015. Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

Jonathan Baldock, The Book of Love, Performance Shot, 2015. Photos courtesy of Chris Randle.

Jonathan Baldock, Multiple points in this crude landscape, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of PRIMARY.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine (detail) , Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock, The Blue Epoch, Installation view, 2012. Image courtesy of Colloredo-Mansfeldský palác, AMoYA, Prague.

Jonathan Baldock, Dogpile. Hessian, raw cotton, felt, acrylic paint, sculpey, dolls eyes, silk thread, tulip wood frame, 27 x 32 cm, 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, Citizens, 2015, Hessian, raw cotton, felt, acrylic paint, false nails, dolls eyes, silk thread, tulip wood frame, 27 x 32 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Mime. Oil paint, hessian, hemp, glass eye, silk-thread, 40 x 30 cm, 2014.

Jonathan Baldock, Good King Wenceslas. Hessian, raw cotton, felt, acrylic paint, false teeth, dolls eyes, silk thread, tulip wood frame, 47 x 62 cm, 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, MA UBU. Hessian, raw cotton, felt, acrylic paint, dolls eyes, silk thread, wood, 31 x 40 cm, 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, Flunkeys, 2015, Glazed ceramic, wool, synthetic hair, leather, string. 7 x 46 cm each.

Jonathan Baldock, Turnkeys. Glazed ceramic, leather, synthetic hair, ribbon, 2013-2015.

Jonathan Baldock, Wallop. Glazed ceramic, leather, ribbon, 8 x 50 cm, 2013 - 2015.

Jonathan Baldock, A Golden Coin. Gold paint, glitter, dolls eye, wood, 52 x 42 cm, 2010-2015.

Jonathan Baldock, Barmpots, 2014, Glazed ceramic, leather, wheat, wood, 36 x 60 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Regality (Seaside) & Regality (Fair). Felt, ceramic, thread, fake pearls, foam, shells, synthetic hair (The Seaside) Felt, ceramic, bells, synthetic hair, foam, pins, wool, thread (The Fair), 23 x 18.2 x 30 cm, 2012.

Jonathan Baldock, Orifice Painting No 3 (Wedgewood Blue) 2014, applique felt, canvas, wood, fabric, 98.5 x 151.5 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Philomena, 2014, Felt, silk thread, wood, polymer, hand-made paper, acrylic paint, glazed ceramic. Coloured sand, ceramic, acrylic spray paint, crystal ball, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, Orifice Painting No 4 (Peach with Feet), 2014, Hessian, felt, thread, plaster, invisible thread, 70 x 29 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Centaur, 2014, Felt, silk-thread, polymer, wood, acrylic paint, 102 x 176 x 29 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Titilation, 2014, Glazed ceramic, pigeon feather, cotton, 30 x 9.5 x 24 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, The Guide, 2014, Jersey cotton, ceramic, polyester fibre, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, A Patternated Orifice 2014, Canvas, felt, thread, acrylic paint on wooden stretcher, 50 x 60 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Compositon with Eye Staring, 2010–14, Clay, polymer, acrylic paint, silk thread, felt, sand, 39 x 14.5 x 26 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Ceramic Tool (I & II), 2014, Glazed ceramic elements.

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Limbs 4, 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, terracotta, 23 x 41 x 19 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Limbs 3 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, terracotta, 17 x 54 x 23 cm..

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Limbs 2, 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, terracotta, 13 x 57.5 x 21 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Limbs 1 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, terracotta, 38.5 x 35 x 18 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Atlanta's Lovers, 2014, Felt, silk thread, rope, polymer, 19 x 210 x 14 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Protrusions, 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, glazed ceramic, 22 x 47 x 10 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Form with Protrusions, 2014, Felt, silk thread, polymer, wood, glazed ceramic, 27 x 64 x 11 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, The Mandrake, 2014, Unique Felt, silk-thread, polymer, glazed ceramic, wood, 23 x 59 x 21 cm.

Jonathan Baldock and Olga Balema, Warm Bodies, Installation view, 2014. Photo courtesy of Kunstvereniging Diepenheim.

Jonathan Baldock, Warm Bodies: Big Yellow Face, 2014, Felt applique, silk thread, 365 x 365 cm. Photo courtesy of Kunstvereniging Diepenheim.

Jonathan Baldock and Olga Balema, Warm Bodies, Installation shot, 2014. Photo courtesy of Kunstvereniging Diepenheim.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock, The Corn Dolly Masks, 2012, Sheaf’s of wheat, wood, glue and paint, 21 x 76 cm each.

Jonathan Baldock The Soft Machine, Installation view, 2014. Image courtesy of Chapter Cardiff.

Jonathan Baldock, The Musicians, 2011, Felt, silk thread, sculpey, foam on plywood plinths, 32 x 165 x 24 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Mumbo Jumbo (a masquerade habit), 2013, Wood, modeling clay, pigmented plaster, 615 x 67 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Mumbo Jumbo (a masquerade habit), (Detail), 2013, Wood, modeling clay, pigmented plaster, 615 x 67 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Mumbo Jumbo (a masquerade habit), (Detail), 2013, Wood, modeling clay, pigmented plaster, 615 x 67 cm.

JJonathan Baldock, Sacred Letter Tool (I), 2012, Hand-made Bohemian Glass, Felt, hay, sheer fabric 50 x 70 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Sacred Letter Tool (II), 2012, Hand-made Bohemian Glass, Felt, leather, synthetic hair, 30 x 100 x 5 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Defiled & Grossly Exaggerated (The Clown) and Elevated & Profane (Mirror Mirror), Installation view, 2012.

Jonathan Baldock, Fabric Painting (Blinky’s Tools - The Caveman), 2012, Fabric, wooden frame, glazed ceramic, wool, invisible thread, 40 x 50 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Fabric Painting (Blinky Palermo and the Willow Pattern), 2012, Cotton fabric, wooden frame, blue and white porcelain, invisible thread, 40 x 50 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, The Healing Language of Beuys, 2012, Felt, raw cotton, bisque porcelain, thread, 51 x 41 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, The Pipe Player, 2011, Hessian, silk, thread, doll’s eye, sculpey, acrylic paint, 31 x 23 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, View from the Gods, 2011, Hessian, silk, thread, dolls, eye, wool, 25 x 30 cm.

Jonathan Baldock, Pierrot, 2011, Felt, silk thread, hessian, polymer, osb board, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, Pierrot (detail), 2011, Felt, silk thread, hessian, polymer, osb board, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, Pierrot (detail), 2011, Felt, silk thread, hessian, polymer, osb board, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, Pierrot, 2011, Felt, silk thread, hessian, polymer, osb board, dimensions variable.

Jonathan Baldock, The Player, 2011, Felt, silk thread, foam, sculpey, acrylic on canvas, doll’s eye, wood, 150 x 42 x 42 cm (sculpture) 41 x 52 cm (painting).