The Fear of Letting Go
An exhibition of the work of Dan Baldwin
Lawrence Alkin Gallery
” I incorporate personal objects from my collections, that’s because I was taken away from my father when I was nine and never told why, so ‘The Fear Of Letting Go’ is also about myself letting go of all this stuff, confronting why I make art but still making it accessible for anyone. I always want my art to be translated into whatever the viewer gets from it, yet it makes sense to me”. Dan Baldwin speaks frankly to the Lawrence Alkin Gallery team ahead of the exhibition, “The Fear of Letting Go”.
Last night saw (if you were lucky enough to get glimpses through the masses of people who turned out for the Private View) the opening of Baldwin’s latest exhibition, taking place at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London. The space is cleverly hung with a mix of 2D (technically in some of the painting cases closer to being 3D), and 3D pieces. Baldwin’s iconic vases were displayed proudly alongside canvases and other flat surfaces worked on by the artist and a captivating bronze sculpture.
If you’re not familiar with the work of Baldwin, go and visit LA Gallery before the show finishes and acquaint yourself with the artists incredibly bold use of glazes and finishes on his earthenware pieces which make them instantly recognisable and charming. The Fear of Letting Go also combines full size paintings with smaller studies which help make sense of some of Baldwin’s recurring motifs and themes. Be prepared for the unusual though, Baldwin uses personal objects (toys, money and even a cap gun) and attaches them to canvases and boards. For me, one of the most impressive pieces in The Fear of Letting Go, is ‘End of Innocence (Black), Bronze Edition, 2015’ which is (almost) lifesize sculpture of a girl who has on her hear a rabbit mask (complete with whiskers and ears) cast in bronze with a black patina. There is something both naive and dark about this piece that draws the viewer to look closer.
One Day I Was Free – Bronze With Patina. Showing as part of The Fear of Letting Go @danbaldwinart #danbaldwin #danbaldwinart #thefearoflettinggo #FOLG #bronze #sculpture #bird #skeleton #black #cage #art #exhibition #london #londonart A video posted by Lawrence Alkin Gallery (@lawrencealkingallery) on
“I think that memory is often altered from reality.” I think Baldwin is right on this point – it is probably best that you go and see the exhibition yourself rather than let my memory of it affect your experience.
Read the full interview with Dan Baldwin – http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/news/artist-interview-dan-baldwin-the-fear-of-letting-go – Interview by LA Gallery
For more information on the show, please click here.