S|2 presents Sweet Nothing, an exhibition of new work by Charming Baker including paintings and large-scale drawings. One of the most dynamic artists of his generation, Baker’s work is defined by a restless imagination, and ranges freely from the everyday to the deeply personal, encouraging the viewer to make their own connections and conclusions. “Nothing is only ever one thing. I don't see why I shouldn’t bend, shape or break an image to alter its original meaning, if only to entertain" says Baker.
While the meaning of his works might hover in ambiguity, Baker is an artist rooted in the rural Yorkshire of his childhood, and in the great tradition of British painting. This romantic vision - which references artists such as Constable and Hockney - is coupled with a raw energy that sees Baker cut, drill or even shoot the canvas with a rifle. Through this anarchic spirit, Baker challenges the preciousness of art and our calls into question our preconceived notions on beauty.
Baker’s diverse practice has seen him collaborate with the legendary designer Paul Smith for the V&A’s Britain Creates exhibition in 2012, and his work can be found in major private collections around the world. Sweet Nothing marks Baker’s eagerly awaited return to London following a critically acclaimed show in Los Angeles.
15 April-27 May 2016