• Winter-Spring 2018 Upcoming Exhibitions

    A Mountain One Fence High—A Ribbon Two Yards Wide, 5/ 20-7/28
    The Riverside Art Center’s Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden will present a new, site-specific installation in Mara Baker's Chameleon Blind series in the sculpture garden throughout the summer months.

    Chameleon Blind (Winter Light), 2/11/18 - 3/24/18. Corner Project, 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave, (storefront), Chicago IL 60618.

    The most recent in Mara Baker’s ongoing series of site-specific light installations. The work is designed to be seen from the outside of the Corner's storefront windows transforming every day at the exact time of dusk, celebrating the extra minute of light every day in the long winter months.

  • Institutional Garbage: An online Exhibition presented by Green Lantern Press and the Hyde Park Art Center

    Sep 01 – Dec 31, 2016 (viewable online)

    Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl are the curators of Institutional Garbage, a digital exhibition that is viewable online through December 31, 2016. In Institutional Garbage, more than 40 contributors speculate about what forms of garbage or trash a Utopic institution might accumulate and leave behind. We chatted over email about the curation process, the nature of institutions, and revolutionary art.

    Read interview here

  • Currents New Media Interview: Uncovering Layers: Mara Baker

    Short interview about my animation in collaboration with Iddo Aharony in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Uncovering Layers: Mara Baker

  • Featured Artist and Interview with MAAKE magazine.

    Read interview here.

  • A History-shaped Hole in the Universe: Hatch Projects, Chicago Artists Coalition

    Friday, February 6, 2015 to Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Opening Reception: February 6, from 6-9PM

    A History-shaped Hole in the Universe tracks the schism between perception and reality, between expectation and outcome, hinting at the simultaneous loss and possibility entangled with this laden encounter.

    Featuring the work of Mara Baker, Hannah Barco, Nina Barnett, Cherith Lundin, Regina Mamou, and Adam Liam Rose, A History-shaped Hole embraces the rabbit hole, the chasm, the clearing, the void, the leap, the drop. It foregrounds the histories onto which each artist is tethered on the sojourn, individually and together: years of water washing up against rock, again and again; a strand of hair crushed into diamond; a formative experience forgotten, then remembered; a view seen everyday, seen anew.

    At the same time, marking the culmination of the artists’ yearlong HATCH Projects residency, the exhibition celebrates a parallel mode of working within each artists’ individual studio practice and throughout the shared experience of the residency program to tumble head first down the hole.

    Event Info

  • Topography of Knowing, Hatch Projects Chicago Artists Coalition

    In Topography of Knowing, HATCH Projects Residency artists Mara Baker, Nina Barnett, and Cherith Lundin consider timeless questions from within a markedly shifting paradigm of perception. How do we define place, and how do we locate ourselves within a place? In this exhibition, Baker, Barnett, and Lundin exploit the inherent subjectivity of knowing––often attached to static notions of place, even as the ground falls away beneath us.

    Friday, September 26, 2014 to Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Opening Reception: Friday, September 26, from 6–9pm
    More info here.

  • Review of Two Forward, One back at 65 grand by Nick Knowlton

    Read the review here.

  • Interview with Monica Westin on Bad at Sports Blog

  • Rigoletto's Curse-New work in collaboration with writer Monica Westin

    The material for the collages in “Rigoletto’s Curse” comes from a large stack of record albums Mara Baker discovered in 2011 in a derelict warehouse just before it was demolished. She uses this detritus, embedded with cultural knowledge she treats as raw material, to make “impure” abstractions that refuse to live in an autonomous void. Baker refines entropy into form through recycling the albums, making small relationships on carefully painted and sized wooden panels: a few fragments in conversation with each other, creating temporary clarity out of chaos. But each small act of creation is an act of mourning as well as alchemy, because material under the influence of entropy can never return to its former self. In collaboration with writing by Monica Westin, who uses one of the found albums-- Verdi’s Rigoletto—to address these themes in a collaborative essay, Baker explores the structure of intuition, ruins, open work, and how our individual choices create mythologies and arbitrary systems that we need in order to filter and make sense of the endless noise offered by the world around us.

    Show runs Oct. 4-Nov. 1, 2012
    Show Opening and artist's talk. Thursday October 4, 2012. 6-8 PM.
    Closing Reception: October 28, 3-5 PM

    Trinity Christian College, Seerveld Gallery
    6601 West College Drive Palos Heights, IL 60463.

  • Two Histories of the World Part 2

    Featuring the works of five artists who transform used materials and explore the qualities of found objects as they circulate in contemporary culture. For this final iteration of a two-year exhibition project curated by Karsten Lund, artists Mara Baker, Sara Black & Jillian Soto, Laura Davis, Heather Mekkelson, and Mike Schuh revive the energy from the original 2011 exhibition of Two Histories of the World at William H. Cooper, a defunct factory turned resale business that was later demolished.

    September 16, 2012- January 6 2013
    Opening Reception: September 23, 3-5 PM.

    Hyde Park Art Center
    5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

  • Reveiw of Two Histories of the World by Caroline Picard


    October 8th - 29th, 2011

    On view at

    William H. Cooper Mfg.
    816 N. Spaulding (at Chicago Ave)
    Open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 7am-5pm
    Street parking available / Accessible by bus (#66, #52)

    Featuring new works by
    Mara Baker | Sara Black | Laura Davis | Mike Schuh

    Two Histories of the World is an experimental exhibition in West Humboldt Park at a former factory — an immense structure in partial disrepair that is now home to a large resale business. Over the summer, four artists conceived and produced new works for this site, using objects and materials culled from a vast stockpile inside the building itself.

    With artworks installed throughout the space, this exhibition embodies four distinct responses to the context and the materials on hand. And yet it also marks out the beginning of a larger scenario that remains unresolved. After this show closes at the end of October, the works will be disbanded or left to their fate. A full year later, the artists will produce the exhibition all over again at the Hyde Park Art Center, in the fall of 2012, with revisions or evolutions we can hardly anticipate.

    Please note: This is a raw space, with puddles on the ground and glass in certain spots. Visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes and should be aware they enter at their own risk, since the owners cannot be held responsible for us within the building. (Overall though it's quite safe.)

    More information about the exhibition and the artists at TwoHistoriesoftheWorld.com

    Curated by Karsten Lund

  • Double Tangent Collaborative Work by Mara Baker and Rafael E. Vera

    July 16 - August 28, 2011
    Opening Night: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 7 - 10 pm
    1714 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108

    Cara and Cabezas Contemporary is pleased to present Double Tangent: Collaborative Work by Mara Baker and Rafael E. Vera. For their first exhibition in Kansas City, Chicago-based artists, Baker and Vera will create a site-specific installation that responds instinctively to the gallery space. Past installations created by the duo have incorporated materials such as wood, string, Plexiglas, paint, vinyl, and other insulation materials. Both artists’ individual studio practices respond to space. Baker explores the role of deterioration through a study of residue, while Vera addresses the contrary nature of borders—what boundaries reveal and conceal.

    More info at Cara and Cabezas website.

  • At Play

    Featuring artists, Mara Baker, Scott Jarrett, Robin Juan and Brian McNearney.

    This multi-media exhibition, which employs sculpture, photography, painting and installation, invokes childhood memories of summer time, lazy days, carefree attitudes and endless exploration. Through divergent visual strategies and combinations of color, texture and form, artists Baker, Jarrett, Juan and McNearney make apparent how ones use of imagination and curiosity enables the endless re-invention of materials as well as their surroundings.

    July 14, 2011 6-9 pm
    Cocktails, refreshments & music
    650 W. Randolph St., 2nd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60661
    $20 Tickets available online at www.azimuthchicago.com & at the door

  • NEXT

    I will be showing some new books hot off the press with ACRE Projects (Booth # 24) at NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art.

    Friday, April 29, 11am- 7pm
    Saturday, April 30, 11am- 7pm
    Sunday, May 1, 11am- 6pm
    Monday, May 2, 11am- 4pm

    The Merchandise Mart
    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Chicago, IL

    NEXT art fair

  • Blue Glue and Other Explorations: An Interview with Mara Baker

  • Blue Glue and Other Explorations

    new works by Mara Baker

    March 21-26, 2011

    Closing Reception March 26, 6-10 PM
    Open by appointment March 21-26.

    Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
    1254 N. Noble, Chicago IL 60642

    “Blue Glue and Other Explorations” is a new body of work consisting of drawings, photographs and a site-specific installation that grew directly out of a residency this past summer with ACRE located in rural Southwest Wisconsin. The installation will feature a collection of piled drawings and sculptural constructions that morph and respond to the unique exhibition space at Happy Collaborationists. Materials crucial to the project include; Blue Glue (aka blue painters tape) as a means to draw, pile, adhere and bind and 6 years of accumulated studio detritus (precious, abandoned, minuscule and substantial). The work explores the mental and physical act of collection and how drawing can simultaneously reveal and bury a material history.

    Happy Collaborationists website

    E-mail: info@happycollaborationists.com

  • Rise over Run

    A Site Specific Installation by Mara Baker & Rafael E. Vera
    Opening reception Saturday November 13th, 5pm – 9pm
    Exhibition continues through 12/11/10 by appointment.

    WHAT IT IS website

  • Cross-grain: A site-specific intervention by Los Dibujantes: Mara Baker and Rafael E. Vera

    Opening reception:
    Saturday, November 6th 7-10pm
    On exhibit November 6th-27th.

    3248 N Troy St
    Chicago, IL 60618

    View exhibit at reception, or set up an appointment by emailing backroomprojects@gmail.com.

    Back Room Projects Website

  • Forecast, Luminary Arts Center, St Louis

    Opening on Friday, November 12th from 6-9pm, Forecast brings together five artists focused around the themes of prediction, anxiety about the future and the ways we use science and technology to manage and approximate these perceived futures. Forecast is the final exhibition in our 2010 Answer Factory series focusing on how information is shaping our contemporary culture. The artists included are working in a wide range of media from video and sound pieces to fabricated neon and dice games.

    Forecast will remain on view through December 17th Wed-Sat each week from 12-6pm.

    Luminary Arts Center
    4900 Reber Place
    Saint Louis MO 63139

  • What Remains, Soap Factory Minneapolis MN

    Opening: 7 - 11 pm Saturday, June 5 // Exhibition Runs: Jun 5 - Jul 25, 2010

    This show examines art as material culture. It is the by-product of human activity, traces of time spent and messages from the living to their many possible futures. When an artist is finished with their work, what remains?


    YouTube Promo for show

  • Links to images and videos of Soap Factory Installation, June 2010

  • Artist Interview September 2009, Fill in the Blank Gallery, Chicago IL