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23 Apr 2012 - 03 May 2012

Gallery North is hosting Colour as Material: A solo exhibition by Helen Baker 23 April - 3 May 2012 (Helen Baker will be giving a lecture around the subject of Colour as a Material Presence on Thursday 26 April at 5pm in Gallery North) Please note that the show will be closed on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 April due to a private event.

An installation of works by Professor Helen Baker Professor of Fine Art in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

These works continue  an ongoing engagement with the material of colour in painting.

Earlier works addressed this through the idea of a basic building block that sat between two and three dimensional experiences. Two dimensional as an illusion of three dimensions and three dimensional in its flat painterly  materiality. Baker refered to Guston as an inspiration for her ideas as well as the celebration of basic and highly valued working class production ship building, knitting etc.

New works are emphasising the support in an attempt to undermine the paint. The support becomes a beautiful thick plywood edge Judd style as a sculptural presence while the surface either shrinks to 27x20x8 cms with a wing jutting out at right angles  or it may be a series that wander across the wall as oddly configured paintings  .

Helen is included in the exhibition Malerei: Painting as Object at New Bridge Project Space Newcastle April 2012 and Transition Gallery London June 2012

Members of the public are welcome to attend the lecture at 5pm on Thursday 26 April in Gallery North. Helen will offer ideas around the subject of Colour as a Material Presence. The lecture will be followed by a private view with refreshments. 

As Director of Gallery North Professor Baker has been instrumental in bringing contemporary painting exhibitions such as Building with Colour and Working Against the System to Gallery North.