The Plague Year invites us into a space where a state of tension between physical and immaterial is perpetually suspended. An invisible figure stands, seemingly exposed only by means of being dredged and pulled from a technicolor mire, left dripping with the muck of cultural detritus. Baldwin’s eclectic language of materials paired with the figure, or lack thereof, question the expansive notions of how we define the individual, even ourselves. Cymbal stands supporting the figure probe even deeper for possible definitions, bringing to mind other undetected phenomena: vibrations, waves, and perhaps even hinting at ideas of Morton’s ominous hyperobject*.
~ Eli Blasko
images courtesy of the artist