Contact Sheet 106 was produced in accompaniment of the exhibition Self-Potraits, 1974-2000. Included are photographs and text by the artist, Karl Baden. Also included in this catalogue is an essay by Jeffrey Hoone.
In the work that he has made over the past 26 years there is clearly a chronology we could follow in order to answer Karl Baden’s question, “How did I get here?” We could point to certain formal qualities in his work that logically opened doors for subsequent series, or argue that the work had matured as Baden did himself. But to boil his work down to academic concerns of form and style would be to miss the essential qualities that makes his work so engaging, thoughtful, and expressive. Baden’s work is a matrix of emotions, philosophical inquiries, and historical perspectives that offer us a unique interpretation on what it means to be human, all within the pursuit of a good nights sleep. Baden is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston, MA.