Known for his collage works that combine painting, drawing and the artist’s language of graphics, the works concerns are primarily formal, he often uses the vague representation of a human head or face seen at side view. Eventually painting a foreground image onto his collage works, this imagery while often “flat” in appearance captures the texture of the surface behind it. The purpose and intentionality behind the chosen imagery may stem from the time it takes in the studio to inform Baechler’s decision making process. Referencing the untrained artist, Baechler makes his imagery digestible and easily able to recognize. History Lesson, 2006 presents the audience with two children as his Press Release from this exhibition notes, “…along with children’s art, art of the insane, and the drunk doodling at the bar, Baechler points out the construction of images in society and questions the structure of artistic representation.” The artist is known for wanting to create the “illusion of history”, which is what he conveys in this perplexing work.
Donald Baechler September 14 – October 28 2016, Cheim and Read, New York, NY
Cheim and Read
Private collection until 2016
Donald Baechler September 14 - October 28 2016, Cheim and Read, New York, NY.