Where to buy...Baker Overstreet
A select exhibition in a private gallery
Baker Overstreet toys with our impulse to make sense of images. The Brooklyn-based artist’s bright, faux-primitivist acrylic abstractions feature solid organic and geometric shapes arranged in playful compositions against black backgrounds. In his series “Frown Upside Down,” many of these shapes seem just short of representing real objects: The bulbous figure in the center of Dirty Piller’s Beauty Bumps (2006–07) almost resembles a human torso; those bookending 2009’s One Act Pig Play (With Music) suggest butternut squashes. Lines become fingers, dots become eyes, and triangles become ears. Soon, each amorphous figure takes on a life of its own. At Fredericks & Freiser, 536 W. 24th St., New York, (212) 633-6555. Prices range from $4,000 to $7,500.