The Line Between
Preview took place Thu 22 Feb, 2018
Alan Baker is an artist based in Shropshire who specialises in drawing and sculpture. Having completed a MA in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and a BA (hons) Degree from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, he is now continuing his artistic practice at his studio based in the North West.
This exhibition presented a selection of Baker’s ongoing sequence of pencil drawings from a larger series called Trap and Snare. These drawings are essentially of constructed mantraps; built using found and reclaimed objects and assembled in the artists studio. Replacing what would be feral objects with domestic items, these sculptural forms are transformed by the medium of pencil into intricate depictions of temporary structures, suspended in a permanent state.
“To consider the boundaries of what it means to be human rather than animal” (O’Reilly,2009,p.149.) is a quote he has used as a guiding principle in his work to address questions about the residual traces left by animals, looking at the spaces animals inhabit and turning them into sculptural forms.
Baker was recently selected to exhibit this series of drawings at the National Assembly of South Korea in Seoul. ‘The Beginning’ was a showcase of emerging UK artists funded by UK Young Artists Ltd and curated by Abingdon Studios Director, Garth Gratrix.