Bluecoat: Jonathan Baldock ‘Facecrime’

Bluecoat: Jonathan Baldock 'Facecrime' Bluecoat: Jonathan Baldock ‘Facecrime’


Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 13/03/2020 - 21/06/2020
Times: 11:00 - 18:00


Jonathan Baldock ‘Facecrime’
Fri, 13 Mar 2020 – Sun, 21 Jun 2020
11.00 AM – 6.00 PM

We are delighted to welcome back Jonathan Baldock, Freelands Foundation artist in residenceat Bluecoat January 2018, for his solo exhibition, Facecrime.

The main installation contains a landscape of ceramic columns inspired by cuneiform-inscribed tablets – an early system ofwriting – dating from 2500BC. Baldock’s version presents an alternative history of clay as a tool of communication; his ceramic columns feature expressive faces, emoji symbols and make audible groans, whistles and chuckles through concealed speakers. The columns are also adorned with weaving, basketry and glass drawn from different eras of labour, folklore and storytelling like an archeological find from a parallel universe.

The exhibition title itself is inspired by Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984 – a facecrime being an “unconscious look of anxiety, a habitof muttering to yourself” suggesting that there was something to hide. Facecrime was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre through the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship.

Exhibition Launch 

Thu 12 Mar, 6-9pm 

Join us for the launch of Frances Disley’s Pattern Buffer and Jonathan Baldock’s Facecrime.

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