Coup d'Espace: METALMorphology
May 4 –
May 25, 2012
Extended through June 8
Location: WPA Office, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm
Edward Bigelow Baker III presents METALmorphology, an exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of scientific processes. Cultivating an artistic practice that draws heavily on his background in physics and chemistry, Baker creates his work by harnessing processes more often used in industrial and scientific settings. For his Coup d’Espace project, Baker presents sculptural work created through the process of electro-deposition, accompanied by a small selection of images that capture the detailed surfaces of the pieces using microphotography.
The process of electro-deposition involves using an electric current to bind metal ions to a surface, thereby creating a metallic crystal. Electro-deposition is used industrially on commercial products, from computers to car finishing. While industrial uses of electro-deposition typically aim for a smooth, clean, finish, Baker uses high voltages to create rough surfaces and rich textures. The resulting transformation mirrors the organic growth process and the texture created is intricate and detailed, displaying roughness down to the scale of micrometers. Simultaneously organic and industrial, delicate yet resilient, Baker’s sculptures merge artistic and scientific practice, emerging from both the studio and the laboratory.
above image: Edward Bigelow Baker III, Copper Micrograph #1, detail, 2012, InkJet print of electron microscope image, 46” x 24”
About the Artist
Edward Bigelow Baker III is an artist and scientist. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, in the department of Chemical Physics. His interest in art started at a young age, encouraged by his mother and sister, both of whom are also artists. This interest matured in tandem with his interest in science, through classes and studies as an undergraduate at Brown University, and graduate studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He is currently studying the use of carbon nanotubes in materials science.
About Coup d'Espace
Coup d’Espace is WPA’s member-generated programming series. By inviting member artists and curators to plan installations, exhibitions, and events in its office project space, WPA provides a venue for unusual collaborations, exploration of new concepts, and the production of new and experimental work. Coup d’Espace allows artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.