Taylor Baldwin (b. Tucson, AZ 1983) is an artist working primarily in sculpture, video, and installation. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. He has been a resident at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Seven Below Arts Initiative, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Baldwin has exhibited his work Conner Contemporary Gallery (Washington D.C.) , Land of Tomorrow Gallery (Louisville, KY), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA) as well as in groups shows at the Queens Museum of Art (NY), Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson, AZ), the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Norfolk, VA), the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft (Louisville, KY) and P.P.O.W. Gallery (New York, NY). He is currently based in brooklyn, New York and Providence, Rhode Island.
in my recent studio practice, I’ve been seeking to conflate the act of making with an act of violence - or unmaking - whether enacted physically or cognitively, whether enacted on an object, an image, or an idea. In my practice as a whole, I use sculpture, video, and installation as a tool to stitch together and/or confuse the discordant relationship between a physical object and the cognitive experience of it. The work seeks to simultaneously create unified wholes out of disparate fragments, and unmake wholes into particulate fractions. This is partially embodied through objects whose coherence is in flux, made of discreet fragments that - though static - simultaneously cohere into legibility and disintegrate into particulate fractions. Mysticism and intuition are active processes, and within the work, I collect and use materials with site-specific history, deeply researched, to become objects that embody a dissonance between their physical, psychological, and historical present context. Through these practices, I pursue objects, image, or ideas that sit on the edge of making and unmaking, barely clinging to coherence.