When funding is complete, artist Jodie Baehre will travel to wounded cities to research, document, and paint the demise (and revival) of some of America's fastest dying metropolitan areas including Buffalo, Detroit, and Flint.
Baehre, an architectural painter living in Dorchester, Massachusetts, grew up in Buffalo, New York. Once considered a booming steel and grain manufacturing force in the 1900's, Buffalo was wounded irreparably by the de-industrialization of America after WWII. The city never seemed to turn itself around... until now. With a new focus on the economy and architectural preservation, the psychology of the "Queen City" is changing for the better. Baehre's research and documentation of this pivotal point in Buffalo's development, as well as other "dead" cities, unfolds in her new body of paintings called "America's Lost and Found Urban Landscapes." She captures the portraits of iconic U.S. cities at a moment in time when their vary existence is hanging in the balance.
The project is a comprehensive look at once leading industrial cities that are now on the brink of peril, how these cities went from empires to empty, and what they look like at this very moment in time. Will they perish? Will the underdog make a comeback? Baehre aims to tell the story of each of these precarious cities and create vivid and evocative paintings from her findings.
Impact: The impact of the project captures buildings and skylines at a crucial moment in each cities' life, portrays to the viewer the danger that some of these cities face, and also stands as artistic documentation of iconic architecture that may soon be torn down or hopefully restored.
Travel: Buffalo, Albany, Detroit, Flint, and Atlantic City.
Research: Oral history of the city architecture from residents and scholars in each city, city tours, periodical research, solo exploration.
Documentation: Photography of each city, artist sketches, written summaries that will accompany each painting created, sound-recorded oral histories, paintings.
Paintings: Two to five urban landscape paintings for each city.
Exhibition: Paintings, written summaries/stories to accompany paintings, recorded oral histories from residents and scholars.
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America's Lost and Found Urban Landscapes (ongoing)
Artist Cookbook Project (ongoing)
Inspired by Salvador Dalí’s cookbook Les Diners De Gala (1973), I am creating a collaborative artist book project with local Boston artists as well as international artists from around the globe.
Background on Les Diners De Gala: The twelve chapter cookbook covers various courses throughout a meal with various corresponding illustrations by Dalí. Some recipes were real and some were quite surreal, like Dalí himself.
The Project: I have asked artist and designer friends to participate in my own version of an artist cookbook titled From Palette to Plate by contributing a recipe based on their favorite dish or drink. The recipe ingredients are real or exaggerated but fall in one of the following categories:
Hors d'oeuvres & Amuse-Bouche
Soups & Salads
BOOK and EXHIBTION: When the project is fully funded, I will be printing a small batch of 250 books. The original artworks will also be on view in a group exhibition at several Boston restaurants. These restaurants are also committed to recreating the dishes.