ARTIST PROFILES

JON RAFMAN

   

Jon Rafman, 214 9th Avenue, New York, NY, Google View, 2010

Artist Jon Rafman, born in 1981 in Montreal, Canada, examines the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness. He focuses on digital media to explore the ways in which technology distances us from ourselves. In an ongoing project of his, Rafman mines through Google Street View to find images that interest him. He explores the tension between the artist's gaze and the fact that all the images are captured by a robotic camera that is programmed to take photographs. 

The end of the end of the end, Rafman's first American solo museum exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, featured a single channel video Still Life as well as a selection of sculpture and photography from the artist's New Age Demanded series. In his multidisciplinary practice, Rafman often explores the relationship between the "real" and the "virtual" in contemporary life, urging viewers to reconsider the boundaries between the two. 

  

Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded (Wispy Marble), 2013, Archival pigment print mounted on dibond

 Rafman's New Age Demanded works comprise a series of 3D-printed busts and their 2D digital counterparts, which blur the traditional distinctions between an image and its physical analog. Foregrounding the degree to which digital information permeates our everyday lives, Rafman underscores the conflict between intangible imagery and the human impulse to connect, revealing both the possibilities and limitations of virtual exploration. In combining both the physical and the virtual, his works take up an unfamiliar and uncanny third space between the two realms. 

From June 20 - September 13, 2015, Rafman will have a solo exhibition at Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York and the New Museum, New York. 

 

CLAIRE ANNA BAKER

 Claire Anna Baker is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Primarily interested in time and space, Baker calls herself an "ecstatic landscape painter of intimate space." She uses ink on polyester to explore density, vastness, expansion and transformation. Her works capture a sense of moving, which involves the viewer and offers a unique experience. Though her work is abstract, it maintains a sense of familiarity, as she is inspired by light.

  

Claire Anna Baker, Detail of Transitive Horizon, 2014

In order to create her large-scale ink paintings, Baker first constructs a "source installation" in her studio that she then uses as the foundation of her work. Baker collects material to build an environment in her studio which she observes and draws from as inspiration for her work. As she paints, she creates a calligraphic ink mark onto the surface, and then gradually adds transparent washes of color to the work. 

 
Installation View of Baker's show at Moskowitz Bayse
 
Earlier this year, Baker had a solo show at Moskowitz Bayse Gallery in Los Angeles, and last year had a solo show at Edward Cella Gallery. Each of the featured ink paintings in the exhibitions revolved around a stroke of liquid black set against a pale background. In a review in the LA Times of her show at Edward Cella Gallery, Baker's work was described as "a vision of lightness and spontaneity...[that] fills the canvas with motion more than form or weight...."

Baker received her MFA in 2008 from UCLA in Painting and Drawing after graduating with a BA from Brown University.  In 2010, she received the Pollock-Krasner Artist Grant.