EMAV Review: 'David Baird: A Survey' at The Priscilla Fowler Gallery

By Pierson Brown

"Babel" and "Tearing the Veil": artist David Baird. Pictures courtesy of ​LeMew Photography©

David Baird David Baird: A Survey The Priscilla Fowler Gallery

Gorgeous but disconnected, David Baird’s work melded into The Priscilla Fowler Gallery’s new space with ease. A collection of sculptures, paintings, and prints were placed throughout the entirety of the front room, each set accompanied by an explanation of the pieces and their objectives.

Beautiful and complex wooden towers are placed as the first thing you see when entering. On the left, “Tearing the Veil”, a series of abstract paintings with two stripes of movement, cut out words and circles, the sensation of rushing air. On the right, thin, wooden planks, piled vertically, jutting from the walls, were begging you to touch them in a piece titled, “Angels.” Smaller stacks of wood, some red, named “forty minus one,” looked a bit like bloodied bodies. Prints of birds rested among more geometric shapes, setting the natural against the man-made. “Same Ten Strings”, a series of automatic string prints, was an intriguing set with an interesting process. A more experimental sculpture, it was a bundle of metal wires that fell throughout the day, giving everyone who saw it an individual experience. A final series was composed of geometric shapes in grayscale and reminded me of one of those brain puzzles, adding a serene presence.