For her first solo exhibition in a UK institution, British artist Lydia Gifford (born Cheltenham, 1979) has produced a new body of work for BALTIC’s ground floor gallery space. The exhibition explores Gifford’s on-going concern with the language of painting and the balance between painting and object. The works, of a scale that is dictated by the artist’s own dimensions, have an almost human presence. Layered painted surfaces take on a skin-like translucency that, on close inspection, reveals a complex working and reworking. A tension arises in Gifford’s work between structure and surface, interior and exterior. Yet there is playfulness too, a pliability that Gifford seeks to bring from the medium of drawing into working with materials such as wood and paint.
LYDIA GIFFORD wasborn in 1979 and lives and works in London.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Siding, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel 2013; The Neighbour, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; Midday, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Distances, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin 2012; Its Hurtling Gold, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; Lydia Gifford, Art Statements, Art Basel 42, Basel; Brackets, Marcelle Alix, Paris, November 2010; Lydia Gifford, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London 2008.
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