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Marty Baird
updated: 07/31/2009
website: www.martybairdprojects.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Tidal Neuse
Frogs to Alligators
Detail-Frogs to Alligators
Down River
After Rains
River Waters
River Waters II
Old Milburnie
Pacific Tidal
Waves
Dark Shapes
Three & One
Atlantic Pair
Atlantic Wrightsville
Carolina Beach 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  documentary, site-specific, mapping, process, nature, narrative, memory, pattern, text
 
 
Tidal Neuse by Marty Baird
Tidal Neuse
ink on paper
2009
60 " x  22.5 " 
Frogs to Alligators by Marty Baird
Frogs to Alligators
ink on paper
2009
60 " x  26 " 
Detail-Frogs to Alligators by Marty Baird
Detail-Frogs to Alligators
ink on paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Down River by Marty Baird
Down River
ink on paper
2009
60 " x  26 " 
After Rains by Marty Baird
After Rains
ink on paper
2009
45 " x  11.5 " 
River Waters by Marty Baird
River Waters
ink on paper
2009
45 " x  10 " 
River Waters II by Marty Baird
River Waters II
ink on paper
2009
45 " x  10 " 
Old Milburnie by Marty Baird
Old Milburnie
ink on paper
2009
45 " x  10 " 
Pacific Tidal by Marty Baird
Pacific Tidal
ink on paper
2007
30 " x  22 " 
Waves by Marty Baird
Waves
ink on paper
2007
25 " x  22 " 
Dark Shapes by Marty Baird
Dark Shapes
ink on paper
2007
30 " x  22 " 
Three & One by Marty Baird
Three & One
ink on paper
2007
30 " x  22 " 
Atlantic Pair by Marty Baird
Atlantic Pair
ink on paper
2008
11.5 " x  30 " 
Atlantic Wrightsville by Marty Baird
Atlantic Wrightsville
ink on paper
2008
11.5 " x  30 " 
Carolina Beach 1 by Marty Baird
Carolina Beach 1
ink on paper
2008
16.75 " x  45 " 

Artist Statement
 

Artists have always been interested in recording nature.  I, too, find environmental events and our human interaction with nature significant to my work.  For several years in works on paper, mixed media paintings, and installations I have used the materials and tools of natural and urban environments – dangerous plants, soils, water, wallpapers, oilcloths, paint, tattoos,  hands, sticks, and horses – to trace this intertwining of nature and human history.

 

In 2007 I lived for a few months on the coast of California. On daily bike rides and walks I recorded in drawings and photographs the shifting fog, changing ocean colors, unexpected sightings of birds, animals and manmade objects.  This process evolved into working in the waters of the Pacific, and later the Atlantic, letting the waves themselves document a specific moment and location. Drought, heavy rains, and floods, extreme conditions around the country launched me into the River Project which began in four North Carolina rivers in 2009. The river drawings trace each river’s movement, document human interactions at specific sites, and explore the relationship between beauty and danger.

 

 

 

The drawings are photographed on a black ground.

Artist Bio / CV

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

 

Water Matters, The Mahler Gallery, Raleigh, NC 2010

AWARDS, HONORS

Regional Artist Project Grant, United Arts Council, NC, 2009

Visiting Artist, VCU-School of the Arts-Qatar, Doha, May 2005

Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, 1999

Resident Artist and Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, January, 1999

Regional Artist Grant, United Arts Council, NC, 1998-99

Artist Grant, Acqua Toffana Contemporary Dance Company, Paris, France, 1997

National Endowment for the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship 1994 

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

Patterns of Memory, Block Gallery,  Raleigh, NC, 2008

Dragons and Tigers, Devin Borden/Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX; Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, Raleigh NC 2005

Marty Baird: Housetops, Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, 2004

Delicate Positions, Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, 2003

Portraits of Memory and The Dangerous Collection, Paço Imperial Center for Contemporary Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  2001

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

The Bain Project, a collaborative installation at the former Bain Water Works Plant, Raleigh, NC, May, 2009

Forever Lost? Long View Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2007

Shallow Space - Drawings, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX, 2006

Art on Paper 2004, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

Homegrown, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, 2003

Memories of Nature: Art in Transition I, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC, 2001

sur-face,  Kunstforum Munchen e.V., FOE 156 [Exhibition Forum], Munich, Germany, 2000

NEA Visual Arts Fellowships SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC, 1994/95

 

EDUCATION

M. F. A. The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

B. A., Magna Cum Laude, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

 

REPRESENTATION

Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom St. Houston, TX 77007   713.863.7097

The Mahler Gallery, 228 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC  27601  919.828.6500