Meet Commonplace Gadgets Clothier Jeremiah Baker

meet an artist mondayIn a tech-mad global, Jeremiah Baker and his cohorts at design collective Commonplace Gadgets believe some intriguing choices. Baker, his collaborators, and platformed companions craft astonishingly analog purposeful issues, transcendently easy and hand-executed issues that announce their excessive luxurious with a blaring stillness. Deconstructed fit lighters, graceful conversation-starting watches that know roughly what time it’s, Morse Code fidget tappers, desktops reimagined as delicate sculpture parks — the witty, high-concept paintings lands someplace between artwork and design, in an increased zen flex of helpful taste. Baker is similarly devoted to encouraging higher African American illustration within the design business, the place an greater plurality of voices, influences and lived stories could be useful to the discourse.

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L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?

JEREMIAH BAKER: I first learned I used to be an artist when I discovered myself at a tender age spending extra time growing than searching for out what others created to be entertained. I used to be extra enthusiastic about studying via creativity. I have a tendency to OBJECT-ify, or PRODUCTIZE virtually the whole lot. I used to be sporting a portfolio stuffed with mixed-media artwork items. And spending my evenings portray and growing. Taking machines (mechanical pencil sharpeners, calculators) aside to look how they labored and remixing the portions in new techniques to look what it could do. I had no real interest in the average issues children my age had been pondering and doing. Can’t say at that time, I known as an “artist,”  or the rest, however I knew I used to be other.

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What’s your brief solution to those who ask what your paintings is set?

My paintings is set provocation. Mix and matching context & object(s). Necessarily, remixing the anticipated to be acquainted however reimagined. I desire doing this via OBJECT & FORM. However, the means extends to any medium I paintings via.


What would you be doing when you weren’t an artist?

If I wasn’t an artist I’d love to consider I’d be an explorer. Touring the arena, studying in regards to the ancient websites, from plenty of cultures, and getting impressed by way of all kinds of landscapes.


Did you move to artwork faculty? Why/Why no longer?

Sure, I’ve in truth been enrolled in Artwork Colleges because the sixth grade. I attended a Magnet College then a specialised Design & Artwork Top College (Design & Structure Senior Top College) and went on to wait Artwork Heart School of Design.

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Why do you are living and paintings in L.A., and no longer somewhere else?

L.A. is uniquely L.A. and it’s onerous to explain. For me it’s a sense. And I haven’t felt it anyplace else. Simply the correct mix of RAW balanced with notes of Sophistication. There’s additionally a definite aesthetic that resonates with my means. And plenty of those who make all of the power align to create that feeling. It may be intense and every so often one must take a spoil. However that feeling will all the time draw you again.


When used to be your first display?

In 2018. Over the summer season we put in combination a shop-able OBJECT set up, subsequent door to an underground Espresso Store in L.A. We didn’t extensively market it and it needed to be found out to be skilled.


When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or challenge?

We’re recently making plans our subsequent set up and can announce it this summer season. Please keep tuned. Challenge-wise, we’re taking part with a make a choice crew of creatives to provide restricted editions that may debut at mentioned set up. Recently, I’m obsessive about single-purpose on a regular basis items. The average items in tradition everybody takes without any consideration. We’re dreaming up new techniques to reinterpret them and provides them new lifestyles.

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What artist residing or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

This can be a actually onerous one……. And, I will be able to’t decide on just one. Would’ve completely LOVED to have labored with each Isamu Noguchi and Donald Judd for his masterful option to experiencing design via emotional shape & high-concept provocation.


Do you pay attention to tune whilst you paintings? If this is the case, what?

I do, and TORO Y MOI has constantly been an inspiration. All the time delivers simply the precise vibes for the studio. That’s a musical artist I’d additionally like to collaborate with at some point!

Jeremiah Baker (Commonplace Gadgets)

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Commonplace Gadgets: The Dumb Watch

Updated: May 16, 2022 — 3:26 pm