Untitled (penguin)

Baltes, Cornelia
Cornelia Baltes’s playful, minimal works are inspired by her observations of everyday life. Representing the shape or outline of familiar objects in bright blocks of colour, she creates striking, abbreviated visual narratives. To Baltes, each painting is a protagonist, or actor. For her exhibition Turner (2015) at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, she presented a series of mobile paintings on wheels, which were exhibited horizontally on the gallery floor. Animated by their viewers, these mobile pieces – which included a painting of a chair, a foot and a bird silhouetted against a bright orange background – transformed the gallery space into a theatre.
  • Artwork Details: 69 x 55cm
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  • Material description: Acrylic and Router on Black MDF, Powder Coated Aluminium Frame
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC17/2015



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