Contemporary Art & Design presents Donald Baechler
Donald Baechler Standing Figure
Donald Baechler (b. 1956, USA) uses a childlike imagery in his paintings and sculptures and is regarded as one of the most interesting artists of our time.
One of his many established gallerist’s Cheim & Reid describes his work: ”His repertoire of motifs is to be found dispersed across different genres, starting from drawings and ending up as sculptures where, after a process of transformation, these motifs finally take on three-dimensional volume."
In an interview accompanied to the exhibition ”Sculptures” in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg, Baechler had this to say:
“About fifteen or twenty years ago I was very unhappy with the way I was drawing, and I decided, as a kind of project, to relearn how to draw from the beginning, from the very simplest gestures, to reinvent a vocabulary of lines and shapes. And I started looking at children’s art and art of the insane and the whole Dubuffet thing. So when I started doing sculptures, about ten years ago, I was looking again for a way to make forms as if I’d never made sculpture before. So I wanted to forget about armatures and about the proper way of using clay and the proper way of doing anything, and started just squeezing things with my hands, making shapes…
So there really is no narrative intention; it’s just a response to materials. And they happen to look the way they do because that’s the way they look. I think there’s even less content in the sculpture than in the paintings. Less narrative. I think they’re kind of mute... I’m interested in discreet and very mute objects, and I’ve never really been interested in narrative or psychology or these things which many people read into my paintings and probably into the sculptures.”