PHILIP BALDWIN & MONICA GUGGISBERG
In the studio of Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg in the hills of mid Wales, my eye is drawn by a grouping of five black-and-white figures which are about to take centre stage in their exhibition You, Me and the Rest of Us at Galleri Glas. Elegant and austere yet at the same time sensual, with curved bodies, the forms have been finished using the battuto technique – a cutting of the surface of the blown glass to add texture and enhance its opacity. The figures, which appear to challenge and respond to one another, as if acknowledging a group dynamic, mark a turning point – a more political direction – in Baldwin & Guggisberg’s practice.
The exhibition’s title is taken from a work they made last year, which laid bare the iniquity of the ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. It continues a conversation their last exhibition started: given the challenges of the world we live in, how do we find the right balance in society between an individual’s needs and those of the community?