Three-Dimensional Illusions in Flat Glass Art
Baldwin discovered glass in 1972, started making lamps, completely self-taught, pursuing original geometric developments. He has never pursued formal schooling in the arts.
But he enjoys problem solving. For instance, how does one imbue a two-dimensional surface with a three-dimensional image, especially if the surface is hand-blown antique glass?
Seeking to create multiples of his glass work and paintings, Baldwin approached digital reproduction and found new tools for image manipulation, and along the way, a resource of impressionist techniques that resonates as does natural media, but which exists in a purely digital realm.
Hard-Edge Impressionism, an original style of painting, is the illusion of volume via shapes of flat color and sharp edges. It is the limiting challenge that leads to visual surprise as one views these works over time. Up close, the paintings appear a jumble of jigsaw pieces - as one draws back, the larger architecture and volumes of the image appear.
Hard-edged impresionism can be seen in the Canvas section, and later in some of the Repainted Photography work.
'Repainted photograph' is a term Baldwin coined to describe the result of digital interpretation of photographs, and to make the concept more accessible. Baldwin achieves his results beginning from images of favorite scenes and landscapes, and through graphics tablet, image processors, paint programs and scanning arrives at an interpretation which conveys the artistic essence of the scene.
Technically, the work is a long hike from schooled invention. In all his work, Baldwin imparts the easy grace of composition, focused on the undiscovered places of memory and imagination.