The work of artist David Baskin utilizes industrial materials that are commonly used for commercial applications to reflect on our place in today’s consumer-driven culture. Construct is a site-specific installation, commissioned by Arts Brookfield and originally designed by Baskin for the Grace Building. This exhibit, reinstalled at One Liberty Plaza, consists of a series of brightly colored faux marble tiled plinths. Cast in urethane resin, the sculptural forms are designed to engage the pedestrian while creating new pathways throughout the lobby. These vibrant “Pop” structures provide a counterpoint to the lobby’s marble interior.
Whether used in ancient temples or skyscrapers like One Liberty Plaza, marble has traditionally been seen as a cultural symbol of power, affluence and refined elegance. Baskin’s work brings to light another aspect of this ancient building material by utilizing the naturalistic aspects of marble surfaces. His resin tiles imitate marble’s patterns while injecting bright colors into them, transforming a utilitarian architectural material into something organic that might resemble a bright tulip garden. In this way, Construct is a rumination on the transformational nature of constructions we live and work in every day. We only need to observe our daily landscape a little deeper.
Curated by Tom Kotik.
ABOUT DAVID BASKIN
David Baskin received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 1987. One-person exhibitions include Arts Brookfield, Grace Building Lobby, NYC, Freight+Volume Gallery, NY, NY; Sculpture Center, NY, NY; Ingalls & Assoc., Miami, Fl and Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Selected group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; Carolina Nitsch, NY, NY; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY,NY; Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, NY; Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy; Musée de Design et d’arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland; Carriage Trade, NY, NY; Galerie Erna Hecey; Brussels, Belgium; Lesile Heller Gallery, NY, NY; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Flag Art Foundation, NY, NY. Honors and awards include McDowell Fellowship, NH; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Yaddo Fellowship, NY; Commission through Brookfield Properties for a lobby installation at the Grace Building, NY, NY. He has taught at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York Institute of Technology and was a visiting critic at the School of Visual and Arts, NY, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and the University of Buffalo, NY. David Baskin was one of the original members of the Brooklyn based non-profit art organization Smack Mellon and he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Blue: 84H x 56W x 14D in
Red: 84H x 42W x 14D in
Yellow: 70H x 56W x 14D in
Green: 28H x 70W x 14D in