Subject Tags: streets, european, europe, square, plaza, piazza, vacation, rome, roma, graffiti, street art, panteon, pantheon, ruin, roman, texture, antique, old, italia, italy, toscana, town, hilltop, tuscany, medeival, street, cobblestone, unique, original, design, art, traditional, modern, graphic, contrast, summer, handmade, perspective, paper, black, pen, landscape, buildings, classic, well, architectural, architecture, blueprint, wireframe, deconstructed
Size: 22"W x 15"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2014
In short, my art is a result of a very personal exploration of creation, introspection and learning from the world. The subject of the art typically consists of places or environments that I design in my mind or places that I've been and attempt to represent with a specific analytical point of view. The process of thinking conceptually and analyzing is highly important to the way I produce art.
There are many influences and experiences throughout my life that manifest in the process of creating art itself.
Music: At a very young age I was exposed to a great diversity of music genres from all over the world. Music that contained different rhythms, structure, sounds, tone and voices that not only gave me some insight into compositional concepts, but more importantly how people think and represent ideas and feelings through sound, from an ethnomusicology standpoint. The deeper meaning and reasons behind choices in the music were always just as important as the final product. As a creator myself, I needed to understand the history and development of the genres and artists over time to understand how the process actualized into a final product. This taught me a great deal about how others have produced something that people can experience an understand from something that is initially internalized only as thoughts.
Architecture: I believe that architecture is the most advanced and intellectual form of art. Many principles of the concepts, history and theory I learned in architecture school at Cornell come into play in my art and the way I think about art and representation in general. I often use sketching and painting as a way to explore new ideas and architectural concepts. There are common themes throughout the work I produce of interconnectivity, structure, perspective, creating an experience, using light, using color and creating emotions, not too different than the lessons learned from music history.
Synesthesia: Having Synesthesia is probably the most individually influential element in my art and everything else that I produce because of the way that it makes me think. My Synesthesia is most prominent with numbers and colors and with aesthetics and emotions. I'm inclined to find a deeper understand of things through underlying or unseen connections between them because of the common occurrence of experiencing the world as being almost completely connected. This mental activity, which is at first an involuntary neurological reaction, then creates great intrigue and a desire to understand more.
The process of creating my art and designing in general is highly strategic. I often envision the overall structure of the art piece and lay down the major elements that will hold the composition together before anything else. There is a great importance to establishing a structure and organization of the elements in the beginning. The creation of art then becomes a journey of continuing to strengthen the original concept and structure that has been established. Often, this process deviates from the original visualized final piece and becomes a more natural representation of ideas as they come out in a kind of improvised session. The joy of art for myself is in the process of creating and exploring endless new ideas.
Weston Baker [born 1988] has shown work in museums and galleries in New York City, Seattle, Rome, Barcelona and Ithaca, New York, where he graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University. After graduating he worked at the renowned Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as an architectural designer primarily on skyscrapers and masterplan projects. He has also worked in New York city in Art Director and Lead Creative Director positions on campaigns, websites and branding projects for industry leading companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Verizon, Omega Watches, Vornado Realty, Spotify, Michael Kors, Pepsi, Roc Nation, Verizon and others. Baker's art references his interests in architecture, graphic design and mixed-media. He explores different ways to represent ideas and points of view that are typically infused with the reoccurring theme of synthesizing different elements. The art often has angular and architectural elements and uses metaphors to express and emphasize meanings.