The Cyphers was Hajra Waheed's largest solo exhibition to date and expanded upon Still Against the Sky, a presentation at Kunst-Werke, Berlin. The exhibition continued Waheed's ongoing research into what has been described as 'our current aerial occupation,' highlighting the ever increasing militarisation of the sky, where the circulation of military drones and surveillance technology extends over everyday life, often with lethal consequences.
It’s not who you are, it’s how you are
BALTIC and Ryder Architecture presented the second in a series of new commissions exploring the relationship between architecture and art. The project brought together an emerging architectural practice with an artist to collaborate on a co-authored artwork which was displayed in BALTIC’s level 2 gallery. in 2015, BALTIC and Ryder commissioned Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture to produce a major new installation.
Selected Works 1970-2015
American artist B. Wurtz is best known for his carefully assembled sculptures and installations made of a wide range of commonplace, discarded materials. A prideful appreciator of lowly objects, his practice is highly concerned with the ethics of re-use, yet is also highly engaged with art history.
BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity
In BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity, artist Brian Griffiths presented an ambitious new commission that took in BALTIC’s vast Level 4 gallery with a contrastingly small-scale production. A series of nine different style buildings, including a lavish LA beach house, a historic Scottish mansion and an ocean adventure dome, imagined Hollywood actor Bill Murray’s activities and pastimes.
BALTIC presented the work of British artist Hannah Collins (born London, 1956), known for her large unframed photographs and installations that create immersive spatial experiences.
When we look outwards in space we look backwards in time
At BALTIC, Lavender presented an ambitious installation of new and recent work for the Level 2 gallery. The exhibition was the artist’s first solo presentation in a public institution in the UK. Working site-specifically, Lavender made a series of sculptures comprising printed banners and found objects which were suspended from the ceiling utilising the volumes of the space.
BALTIC presented a survey exhibition and major new commission by the Dutch artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan. The spectacular new commission DEPOT, made especially for our Level 4 gallery, re-imagined ‘Jonah The Giant Whale’, a preserved whale which toured across Europe exhibited inside a lorry. Tan rebuilt the 76-foot long vehicle; however the inside contained a cabinet of curiosities inviting the viewer to climb aboard.
Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad (born Oslo, 1980) works across painting, sculpture and poetry. Working with found materials, Ekblad exploits the chance element of this approach which brings a restless energy to many of her works. Ekblad’s exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, her first solo presentation in the UK, included new and recent painting and sculpture.
Swain presented a series of ‘pieced’ paintings that continued his explorations of the representation of landscape.
Jason Rhoades, Four Rhoades
Jason Rhoades, Four Roads was the first major gallery exhibition of the work of this exceptional artist who died in 2006 at the age of 41. The exhibition occupied BALTIC’s two largest floors, with four installations to be navigated by four interpretive paths or roads.