Daniel G. Baird
Daniel G. Baird is a Chicago-based artist whose sculptural practice investigates time through the contradictions of natural formations and technological creation. Baird received his BFA in 2007 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most recently, his work has been featured in the EXPO Chicago exhibition Singing Stones, organized by Palais de Tokyo and hosted at the DuSable Museum’s Roundhouse in Hyde Park, the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden, and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan.
Baird’s practice is rooted in site-specific and cultural research, and his process involves both handwork and explorations of digital craft-making, where the tactile confronts the industrial produced form. For his most recent body of work, the artist has taken cave wall surfaces as a point of departure to explore a cultural understanding of deep time. Traveling to underground cave systems, he replicates these fragments at a 1:1 scale and contrasts them to the contemporary television and digital screen proportions we surround ourselves with today. By fusing industrial and raw materials, which include 3D printing and scanning, aluminum, plaster, and fossilized artifacts (to name a few) he creates a visual and tactile experience of the organic and the artificial.