Jonathan Baldock at The Gallery and Dilston Grove: 15 June – 30 July 2017

Jonathan Baldock, Handball (2015). 50x50x50 cm, mixed media. Courtesy the artist.

CGP London, London: 15 June – 30 July 2017
Preview: Sunday 11 June, 3-6pm.
Performances by Kokoro Dance will take place at Dilston Grove on 2 and 8 July (4pm) and on the evening of Friday 7 July (7-9pm). Free, no booking required.

Jonathan Baldock
There’s No Place Like Home

Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm

This summer Jonathan Baldock takes over both galleries at CGP London presenting his largest solo show to date. Dilston Grove will play host to a cast of bodily gods; pagan votives made monstrous. Over at The Gallery an installation of new and previously unseen works including wall hangings, sculpture and painting will play with the notions of inner/outer, public/private.

Taking its title from the 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME is Jonathan Baldock’s largest solo show to date. Newly commissioned and previously unseen works will populate both spaces at CGP London including an extensive installation.

Monumental sculptures and live interventions coexist during the six-week exhibition span. Jonathan Baldock has created this new body of work honing techniques and crafts traditionally associated with the domestic sphere, the home. Felting, basket weaving, candle making, appliqué and stitching allude to idealised domestic bliss and gendered roles. Some iconic references from the Wizard of Oz create an interplay with scale, terrors and wonder bordering on the monstrous.

A host of sculptures collaborate and become a chorus: a pouting stained glass window; a human-scale votive candle adorned with waxen ears; a wicker-chain morphs into a human spine; chandeliers shaped like breasts suspend over us with intent; a sandy table in the form of an eye are vying for attention. This fractured human body is patrolled by a mysterious, statuesque white horse further creating a surreal setting.

Dilston Grove having been a historic church, one of the first concrete buildings of its size in Britain, still carries the idea and the scale of the ritualistic. With Jonathan Baldock’s art occupying such a cavernous space where sculptures are stretching from floor to ceiling, once again encourages us to step within the artist’s created reverie loaded with mythological, folkloric and ceremonial meaning.

The Dilston Grove installation will become animated when Jonathan Baldock collaborates with Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance company who will interact with it in bespoke, sculptural costumes.

Performances by Kokoro Dance will take place at Dilston Grove on 2 and 8 July (4pm) and on the evening of Friday 7 July (7-9pm). Free, no booking required.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME is generously supported by The Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment, The Foyle Foundation, Weber Industries, KERAX, Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

BIOGRAPHY
Jonathan Baldock (b. 1980, Pembury, UK) graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2005. He has exhibited internationally, recent shows include: Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea, Hull Maritime Museum; SPACE Gallery, London; Love Life: Acts 1,2 & 3 (touring show with Emma Hart), Peer Gallery, London, The Grundy, Blackpool and De La Warr Pavilion (forthcoming); Conversation Piece / Part 3, Fondazione Memmo, Rome; Baldock, Pope, Zahle, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts (NGCA), Sunderland; Notes from the Orifice, VITRINE Gallery, London (UK); The Soft Machine, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff; Hot Spots, The Apartment, Vancouver; A Strange Mix Between a Butcher’s Shop and a Nightclub, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.

He has received international awards and residencies, including: Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral Residency (2015), Abbey Fellowship, British School in Rome, Italy (2013); Residency – The Forest, Wysing Art Centre Cambridge, UK (2012); and Skowhegan, School of Painting and Sculpture Residency, Maine, USA (2007).

Jonathan Baldock is represented by Belmacz, London and Nicelle Beauchene, New York.

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