Baker Overstreet

Frown Upside Down

February 28 – March 30, 2013

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

Baker Overstreet: Frown Upside Down

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

Baker Overstreet: Frown Upside Down

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

Baker Overstreet: Frown Upside Down

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

Baker Overstreet: Frown Upside Down

 

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

Baker Overstreet: Frown Upside Down

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Gag Tag, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 inches

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Joy Buzz, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 inches

 

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Luv Cuffs, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Tash 'n' Nose, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 inches

 

 

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Kilroy Was Here, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

24 x 36 inches

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Wrinkle Queen, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 36 inches

 

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Worrius Relievium, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 30 inches

 

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Juke-Pulver, 2012-2013

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 30 inches

Baker Overstreet at Fredericks & Freiser

BAKER OVERSTREET

Untitled, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 20 inches

Press Release

Baker Overstreet

Frown Upside Down

February 28 through March 30, 2013

Opening Reception, February 28, 6-8pm

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Baker Overstreet.  These works mark a deviation from Overstreet’s previous bodies of work. Though still relying heavily on the drama evoked by bright colors against a black background, these paintings appear more organic, incorporating more spatial movement and general dalliances with structural inversion. Where once were stacked and totemic visual shapes, reminiscent of theater marquees composed in symmetry, a new compositional freedom has emerged. For this series, the compositions are more intensely focused on the formal aspects of painting and delight in the sheer sensuousness and immediacy of paint.  

Overstreet continues to employ a reductive approach to his painting, creating a series of self-limiting parameters that allow him to concentrate on the distillation of his compositions. The intensity with which these canvases resonate is a direct result of this practice. Engaging with these works, references bounce freely from humanoid figures to magnetic fields, streams of light, between primitive linguistic markings and sophisticated circuitry. Whereas in the past, Overstreet had compressed his imagery, he now manages to allude to the compression of time by addressing both present and past, intuitive and learned, all within one canvas.

About the Artist

 

Baker Overstreet received an MFA from Yale University in 2006. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous galleries including; Paolo Curti, Milan; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London: China Art Objects, Los Angeles. He was included in Abstract America at the Saatchi Gallery, London and has recently had a solo exhibition at Kai Heinze, Berlin. This is Baker Overstreet’s fourth solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser.