Robert Baines: Close up

Baines, R 2005, Robert Baines: Close up, (Creative Work : Visual art).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

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Title Robert Baines: Close up
Author(s) Baines, R
Year 2005
Type of work Visual art
Outlet TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
Dates 08/03/2005 to 26/06/2005
Medium Gold, silver, plastic, powdercoat
Summary "Robert Baines: Close Up included 77 pieces from eight different bodies of work spanning 1998 to 2005. It revealed the evolution of his research as he explored themes of colour (black series, red series) and archaeometallurgy, replicating and redefining the work of past masters with a challenging whimsy and finesse.

The earliest works are brooches from his Bloodier than Black series of 1998. Baines was motivated to create the work after reading a quote from Claes Oldenburg, 'I have just had an insight, red is redder than green, meaner than yellow and bloodier than black.'
The most recent piece in the exhibition was his delicate Pig, Neckpiece 2004-5 from the Ferlini's Secret from Meroe? series. Here Baines speculates on the possibility that the object has just been unearthed and is in fact the work of royal goldsmiths from around 300 BC. He proposes that the piece had been missed or secreted away at an excavation site at Meroe in Upper Nubia.
The largest piece in the exhibition was the Philadelphia Centrepiece: Candlestand 2001-2 that materialised from Baines' time in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he encountered an elaborate 18th century Italian centrepiece from the workshop of Carlo Albincini. Baines' response was to create a work in red powder coated silver and silver gilt that resembled an aberrant marquette for a Russian Constructivist sculpture by Vladimir Tatlin.

This collection revealed Baines' immense technical and stylistic knowledge of historical jewellery making and how he interweaves this with a masterful manipulation of materials to challenge notions of material culture and its intersections with contemporary artifice. He has articulated a unique and respected space internationally through his contemporary interventions and this exhibition enabled an Australian audience to see many works previously shown in USA and Europe.
Review, Penny Webb, The Age"
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Additional Notes Photographs by Nicholas Lyon Gresson
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