Artist: Daniel Buren
Venue: Baltic, Gateshead
Exhibition Title: Catch as catch can: works in situ
Date: July 11 – October 12, 2014
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the artist and Baltic, Gateshead. Photos by John McKenzie and Colin Davison.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the work of Daniel Buren (born Boulogne-Billancourt, 1938), widely considered to be France’s greatest living artist and one of the most influential and important figures in contemporary art for the last 50 years. Buren has exhibited in many of the world’s major art institutions and realised numerous external commissions. This summer at BALTIC, Buren will transform the building’s west façade into a kaleidoscope of colour, visible inside and out. He will also show new and existing work in the Level 3 and 4 galleries, including a major large-scale commission for Level 4.
In the 1960s Buren developed a radical form of conceptual art, a ‘degree zero of painting’, creating works which draw attention to the relationship between art and context. He abandoned traditional painting and adopted the 8.7 cm wide vertical stripe, used as a ‘visual tool’ to prompt a reading of the work’s surroundings rather than just the work itself. Made with paint, fabric, paper and tape, among other materials, the stripes appear in his interventions in galleries, museums, and public sites. For almost four decades, Buren has chosen to make work in situ, responding to a particular location, and colouring the spaces in which they are created.
While the stripes have remained a recognisable and intrinsic element of Buren’s practice, recently his works have become more sculptural and architectural in form. The artist’s installation Excentrique(s), at the Grand Palais in Paris, commissioned for MONUMENTA 2012, comprised a series of raised, coloured circular structures covering the 13,500 m² nave and providing a ‘ceiling’ that could be walked under. At BALTIC, Buren will stage a large-scale intervention, colouring the windows of the building’s west façade and saturating its interior with swathes of coloured light, pouring into the spaces and passageways. The whole building will become a spectacular artwork for visitors to experience with each encounter changing according to the time of day and the intensity of the light flooding through.
In BALTIC’s Level 3 gallery, Buren presents a selection of rarely seen reliefs, paintings and sculptures from the past seven years alongside three new works made especially for the exhibition. Luminous fibre optic works from the artist’s Electric Light series (2011) continue his preoccupation with form, space, light and colour. Other works made with paint, fibreboard and tape play with depth, surface and architecture provide further insight into the breadth of Buren’s practice. Working with the architecture of BALTIC’s Level 4, Buren has realised an ambitious intervention which explores and responds to the remarkable volume and scale of the gallery space. A series of large sculptural mirrors will reflect and refract light from coloured windows above, creating an immersive environment which shifts throughout the day.
Link: Daniel Buren at Baltic