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).