Peter Baker 

 Current Treatment

 

October 13- November 24

Opening: October 13, 7-10pm

Actual Size is pleased to present Current Treatment, artist Peter Baker’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Baker’s large scale, multi-layered photographs describe the shifting identities of the contemporary city. The socio-economics of the metropolis play out in strange and telling ways, creating disjointed relations between people and their environment. In A Confrontation (Beyond Exceptional) Los Angeles 2017, monumental animated screens and commercial architecture set the stage for an encounter between police and a defiant man. This scene of individual pathos, dwarfed by development and hyper-graphic imagery is a reminder that to navigate the streets of Downtown L.A. is to partake in the grand illusion that one is moving through the public realm, when in reality entire swaths of its sidewalks and thoroughfares are privately owned. Baker’s photograph renders the duplicity of the social-landscape hiding in plain sight under the slogans of progress. This becomes fertile ground to expand on ideas of reality and fiction that inform the artist’s approach to his medium. 

 

War Of The Worlds, New York, Los Angeles 2016, juxtaposes staged destruction with what have become ordinary scenes of new development. The question of whether the images are straight photographs or constructed images is complicated, since all of Baker’s pictures are straight photographs of projections of reality. The images exhibited comment on hyperreality and late-capitalism, however through gesture and description, it is the intuitive process of picture making that is paramount to the work. With precision and nuance Baker describes what he sees as the Current Treatment of our cities, not to draw any conclusions, but to establish a discipline of looking for new ways of posing the questions. 

 

 

 Born in 1981, Peter Baker is an artist/photographer from New York City. He received a BA in Literature & Photography from SUNY Purchase in 2005, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2012. He has designed and taught courses at the International Center of Photography and has been a contributing writer for American Suburb X and Der Grief. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. 

 

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