Phyllis Baldino

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Phyllis Baldino (born 1956)[1] is an American visual artist whose art engages in a conceptual practice[2] that merges performance art, video art, sculpture, and installation[3] in an exploration of human perception.[4] Her single-channel videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix in New York, NY.[2] She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.[2]


Baldino earned a BFA in sculpture from the Hartford Art School in Connecticut.[5] She has taught at New York University, and conducted workshops at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden; and the Statens Kunstakademi in Oslo, Norway.

She has given lectures throughout the U.S. at major institutions, including Rhode Island School of Design in Providence; Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska; Parsons The New School in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and Art In General, New York.

In 2001 and 1996, Baldino was a finalist for an international media / art award at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe / Sudwestrundfunk and International Video Arts Award (respectively) in Baden-Baden. In 2011 and 1999, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and in 2005, at the Experimental Television Center, Newark Valley, NY. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Jerome Foundation, Art Matters Inc., and the California Community Foundation.[6]


Baldino explores the intangible boundaries between the material and metaphysical world by mounting large-scale video installations, which address perception, memory, and scientific phenomena. Ironically approaching the medium of video, her topics include quantum physics, parallel universes, nano-technology, and fuzzy logic.[2] Many of her installations have also been presented as single-channel videos.

With April 1994: The Gray Band (1994) Baldino asked Los Angeles musicians Dez Cadena, Lynn Johnston, Tom Watson, and Mike Watt to reassemble instruments, including a microphone, metal clarinet, sawed-up guitar, and bass, and then asked them to play "I Will Survive," which she then recorded on video.[7] In her next film, In the Present (1996), Baldino was inspired by William James' temporal definition of the present, which can only occur in a span of time ranging from three to 12 seconds. Within this definition, Baldino ties time to perception by offering 50 discrete experiences of information in the present time – with videos ranging in time from three to 12 seconds each – but using the viewer's memory to account for the links between the videos.[8]

Baldino's 2011 film Suitcase / Not Suitcase / Suitcase, is an excerpt from her 1993 "Gray Area" series that was shown in Times Square on the MTV Screen on April 13–19, 2011, for the 40th Anniversary of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.[9] During the presentation, Baldino walked anonymously through the square with the suitcase.[10]


Baldino has had solo exhibitions at Lauren Wittels Gallery, New York (1995, 1996); Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York (1996); Pierogi, Brooklyn (2001); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2001);[11] Threewalls, Chicago (2005); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2011); Studio 10, Brooklyn (2013).[12]

She has participated in group exhibitions at a number of international institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Air de Paris, Nice; Four Walls, New York; Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; and Independent Art Space, London.[2]

Screenings and Festivals[edit]

Her work has also been included in numerous national and international film and video festivals, including the Impakt Festival (2002, 2001, 1999), the New York Video Festival (2002), the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2001), media_city seoul (2000), and the World Wide Video Festival (2000, 1998, 1996).

Recent screenings of her works include:

Select Videography[edit]

Multi-Channel Video Installations

Year Title Length
1994 April 1994: The Gray Band (5-channel) various
1996 In the Present (2-channel) 13 min.
1998 Nano-cadabra (4-channel) 5:08 min.
1999 Color without Color (15-channel) 18:50 min.
2000 16 minutes lost (2-channel) 16 min.
2002 about symmetry symmetry about (2-channel) various
2005 Out of Focus Universes (4-channel) various
2006 Mars/Rome/NY De La Warr (2-channel) various

Single-Channel Videos

Year Title Length
1993-94 Gray Area Series (21 pieces) various
1993 Venice in Berlin in Venice 5:35 min.
1994 Same Shoes 14:11 min.
1994-96 Unknown Series (excerpts) 25 min.
2000 Room 1503 in a row 6:05 min.
2003 ParaUniVersesVersesVerses various
2003 BALDINO-NEUTRINO 80:51 min.
2006-10 Out of Focus Everything Series (40 pieces) various
2010-11 Absence is Present Series (4 pieces) various
2011 Battleship Potemkin: Father & Son 6:47 min
2011 Monet’s Atelier 5:35 min.
2011 Suitcase/Not Suitcase/Suitcase 2:43 min.
2011 Spamhead 11:36 min.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Arning, Bill. "Phyllis Baldino, ‘In the Present,'" Time Out, December 12–19, 1996: 41.

Kandel, Susan. “Timing,” Los Angeles Times, February 3, 1994.

Molon, Dominic. Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.

Myers-Schecter, Jessica. “Quantum/Conceptual: Phyllis Baldino Explores Scientific Phenomenon,” Fringe Underground, 2006.

Obermark, Peter. “Baldino Films Explore Human Perceptions,” Cincinnati Inquirer (July 15, 2001).

Schmerler, Sarah. “Phyllis Baldino, ‘Nano-cadabra,’” Time Out (March 4–11, 1999): 180.

Smith, Roberta. “The Resurging Video, Reclaimed and Reoriented,” New York Times, February 21, 1997: C23.

Spaid, Sue. “Phyllis Baldino, ‘Nano-cadabra,’” art/text, no. 66 (August–October 1999): 94-95.

Williams, Gregory. Phyllis Baldino at Pierogi, Artforum, no.9 (May 2001): 179.


  1. ^ "Phyllis Baldino". MoMA. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Electronic Arts Intermix: Phyllis Baldino Biography", Electronic Arts Intermix, Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Phyllis Baldino". Teverina Fine Art. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ Obermark, Peter (15 July 2001). "Reviews: Baldino films explore human perceptions". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 24 April 2014f.
  5. ^ "Phyllis Baldino: Absence Is Present" (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
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  7. ^ Smith, Roberta (18 October 1996). "Also of Note". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  8. ^ Morris, Catherine (19 December 1996). "Phyllis Baldino at Lauren Wittels Gallery". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
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