Karl Baden: Daily Self-Portraits; 2.23.87 – 2.23.97 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA
April 19 –May 20, 1997
This was the first full-sized presentation of the project, consisting of 120 enlargements, spanning a ten year period (ie; the image made on the 23rd of each month), installed in a grid along four walls. Also included is a book containing every image to date.
Installation view: walls 1-3
Installation view: wall 4 (including book)
Installation detail: wall 1 (quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Installation detail: wall 3 (Quote from Camera Lucida)
Installation detail: wall 4 (book of every photo to date, quote from film The Shining)
Face Value: Reflections on Identity Tufts University Gallery, Medford MA, April 30 – May 17 1998
Two looping videos, ‘133 Days’ and ‘133 Months’, played simultaneously on two monitors placed side-by-side. Structurally, the videos are identical, each consisting of 133 photographs of my face, one morphing into the next. The pacing and dissolve time are the same for each video. The length of both are equal: 18 min. 58 sec. The difference between them is that in ‘133 Days’ the timeline is 133 consecutive days: 2.23.87 –7.5.87, whereas in ‘133 Months’ the timeline is 133 consecutive months, beginning on the same date, 2.23.87, but ending 11 years later, on 2.23.98.
A condensed version of 133 Days / 133 Months, in this minute-long loop, the screen is quartered, showing the simultaneous passing of a dozen days, weeks, months and years.This digital video loop was installed as a part of How did I... Get Here?: Karl Baden, Self-Portraits, 1974 - 2000; a 26 year retrospective.
Installation detail: computer monitor and self-portrait photographs.
12 Days, 12 Weeks, 12 Months, 12 Years McMullin Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA,
June – September, 1999
The same digital video loop as above, one year earlier.
Installation view: video monitor and book.
Installation view: book of every photo to date of show.
A Long Year ‘Self Evidence: Identity in Contemporary Art’ Decordova Museum, Lincoln MA, Feb. – May 2004
On September 29th, 2000, I went for my annual physical. My doctor told me I was in great shape. His words to me as I left his office were: “Whatever it is you’re doing, keep it up!” A month later I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. My treatment consisted of six months of weekly chemotherapy, followed by surgery. After cancer, one lives with the hope that the disease has left the body. One learns to accept that it doesn’t leave the mind.
Every Day: 2/23/87 - 2/23/07, Twenty Years - Ten Bucks Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA May 4 - 29, 2007
To view Mark Feeney's review of this exhibit in The Boston Globe main page, click here
From the gallery press release:
From May 4 - 29, 2007, Howard Yezerski Gallery will be exhibiting an installation of 7,305 photographs marking the 20th anniversary of gallery artist Karl Baden's work-in-progress Every Day. In the midst of all the recent buzz about various twenty-something's taking daily pictures of their faces and posting them on YouTube as Quicktime films, it is possible to overlook the fact that Karl Baden has been quietly and consistently making a daily photograph of his own face for more than two decades, and has presented various facets of this ongoing, lifelong endeavor in more than a dozen exhibition spaces and publications.... ...In this site-specific installation, Baden will cover the walls of Howard Yezerski Gallery's back room with contact size prints of every image from the first twenty years of the project. These photographs, each measuring approximately 1.2 by 1.7 inches, are printed on doubleweight, fiber-based gelatin silver paper. Each is dated, signed and numbered (from an edition of 3). All prints are priced at ten dollars each, available on a first-come, first-served basis. By pricing the work so low, Baden takes a subtle poke at the workings of the art market, as well as adding a participatory component to the exhibition, encouraging anyone to purchase prints from days which may have resonance in his or her life. The photographs will be removed from the installation as they are purchased, much the same as how the individual days disappear from our own lives. To view the installation in it's entirety, members of the press are urged to come to the gallery prior to the opening on May 3rd.
Composite installation view.
Composite installation panoramas of gallery on first and last days of exhibit.
As a followup to this exhibit, I asked those who bought pictures to email me the reason why they picked the dates they did.
To view some of the responses I received, click here, or visit http://www.kbeveryday3.blogspot.com
Campaign Buttons: Artists Speak Out Miller Block Gallery, Boston MA September 5th - October 11th, 2008
From the press release:
"An exhibition of artist-made campaign buttons. In an effort to foster a dialogue between art and politics, Miller Block Gallery has distributed 500 blank campaign buttons to a wide range of Boston based artists in the hopes that they will visually explore the impact of political alliance and support during the pending presidential election."
The piece I produced for this show consisted of five buttons, each 3" diameter, set in velvet and framed.
The buttons contained an enlargement of my left eye from every inauguration day since the project started: January 20th of 1989 (Bush 41), 1993 (Clinton), 1997 (Clinton), 2001 (Bush 43), and 2005 (Bush 43). Each button had the appropriate date printed in red, white and blue.
The notion of observation, of watching what happens, had more appeal to me in terms of our electoral process than advocating for a specific candidate in a specific election.