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Lincoln, England born 1932

Asymmetries III 2004 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vessels stoneware, glazed stoneware

Dimensions: 56.5 h x 59.0 w x 38.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2004
Accession No: NGA 2004.285

Gordon Baldwin’s work is characterised by a concern with abstraction and minimalism, using the vessel as a point of reference for a strong sculptural and graphic approach to the medium of ceramic. His exploration of form, interest in randomness and use of a restricted range of flat, chalky colours contribute to the ambiguous nature of works such as Asymmetries III. Its narrow opening and angled form suggests the essential functionality of the vessel, but its swollen sections and bold, disconnected black lines on its surface claim a much larger visual territory and unstated sense of purpose.  These tensions hold our gaze as we explore the work and balance ourselves against its asymmetrical dynamics.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra