June 8 – July 3
HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY
79 Newtown Lane East Hampton, NY 11937
Halsey McKay is thrilled to present No Way, Glen Baldridge’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Glen Baldridge’s paintings extrapolate age-old paper marbling techniques to make abstract paintings of camouflaged texts. Using his own handmade tools, Baldridge deftly manipulates viscous acrylic paint for results that demonstrate both detailed control and material entropy. The effect simultane-ously mimics the ornamentation of head shop paraphernalia and ancient manuscripts. The tradition of marbled paper was used to give a seal of authenticity to documents in the preven-tion of counterfeiting and spreading of false information. Baldridge’s newest paintings are begun atop older marbled text works, further obscuring earlier declarations of dissatisfaction like “Dark Daze”,
“Buzz Kill”, “World War IV”, or “Obstacle Corpse”. This redaction gestures to feelings of recoil after saying something embarrassing or too incriminating to repeat. Embedded in dense eddies of acrylic paint the words “No Way” emerge. “No Way” can be interpreted as enthusiastic celebration of delight or an emphasis of disgust. It can also be used as a non-statement or deadened reaction used to address an event that demands response but can’t be emotionally dealt with. A brush-off in an age where shock value is used to mask more nefarious hidden truths.The pure beauty of these paintings acts as a similar ruse. This centuries old technique, applied to an ever repeating history.
Psychedelic Healing Center
19 Monroe Street, New York, NY
May 24 to June 23, 2019
Organized by Sarah Anne Johnson + Lydia McCarthy
Lisa Alvarado, David Altmejd, Glen Baldridge, Melissa Brown, Matthew Craven, Kelley Donahue, The Family Acid, Tamara Gonzales, Jess Johnson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Lydia McCarthy, Benny Merris, Shana Moulton, Bayne Peterson, David B. Smith, Mike Taylor, Fred Tomaselli, James Welling, Saya Woolfalk
We have entered a new world of psychedelic consciousness. It was birthed by Ken Kesey and raised by Terence McKenna - it is wild, open, Day-Glo, ego-death, downloaded onto our hard drive and written in our DNA. In our world we are witnessing deterioration, a crumbling of the illusions of freedom, equality and stability. We are moving towards fear and the unknown with eyes wide open.
The artists in this show have a sincere and deep relationship with psychedelic culture and entering into new, experimental ways of making and thinking.