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Art gallery of western australia           
AGWA media
9 May 2016
Colour, movement and time
New work by WA artist Rebecca Baumann 
WA Focus – Rebecca Baumann | 28 May – 22 August 2016 | FREE

The next presentation of WA Focus features new work by talented young artist Rebecca Baumann who has recently returned to Perth from an artistic residency in Helsinki. While in Finland, Baumann visited Lapland to view the Northern Lights, an experience which influenced her recent work.

"My journey through the arctic circle, both seeing the Northern Lights, but also experiencing the very specific light conditions which exist at that latitude, led me to think about perceptions of light and time. These experiences and ideas are reflected in the collection of works which will be exhibited together at AGWA," said Baumman.

For WA Focus, Baumann has created a new light installation that creates pulsating colour waves around the gallery space and a series of works on paper. Complementing these new works, is an interactive paper work Mixed Feelings 2012, on show in Perth for the first time.

In her early thirties, Baumann has enjoyed a swift career trajectory and is one of Perth’s most sought after exhibiting artists. While differing in medium and content, her work is immediately recognisable for its examination of colour, light and time - how the experience of colour provokes emotions, and how formal and conceptual exploration of materials can be developed out of these shaping concepts. Baumann’s kinetic installations engage audiences through the experiential, fleeting and emotive qualities of the works, and the choreography of colour and movement.

AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni said, "Following on from the recent display of work by established artists Trevor Richards, Alex Spremberg and Jurek Wybraniec, I'm delighted to welcome Rebecca Baumann to the State Art Gallery as the next artist in the WA Focus series. Like her contemporaries, Rebecca's work is also an exciting exploration of colour, to which she brings an immersive, participatory edge that will delight Gallery-goers." 

A subtle tension between materials, colour and their activation was apparent in Baumann's early works that included festive devices such as bursting balloons, fan-activated coloured streamers and confetti showers. She has often used ordinary found, low-tech machines such as clocks, fans, ball throwers, and more recently computer-driven signage mechanisms, to activate the moment when the viewing experience is changed.

AGWA Curator of Contemporary Australian Art, Jenepher Duncan said, "Baumann's recent works are more overtly expressions of the machinery that drives them, and therefore have a more pronounced presence in the delivery of their sensual impact. Her installation work captures constant living movement while seeming to respond to the world of the viewer. As well, the production of colour and emotion in her kinetic sculptures becomes emblematic of the role of chance, flux and time in our lives."

Rebecca Baumann is represented in the State Art Collection with her work Automated Colour Field, purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia's TomorrowFund in 2011. This hypnotic display of ceaselessly turning flip-clocks will be on display to coincide with the WA Focus exhibition.

Artist Talk | FREE
2pm, Saturday 28 May
Hear from Rebecca Baumann on how she developed her WA Focus installation work, and insights into her new work created during her artistic residency in Helsinki.

About the Artist
Born in Perth in 1983, Baumann graduated from Curtin University in 2003. From her first exhibitions in Perth commencing in 2004, her career trajectory has been illustrious and includes various awards and resulting international residencies. These include time spent in India with the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award in 2009, the Culturia Residency in Berlin during 2010, New York with a prestigious international Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) residency in 2012, and more recently in 2016 with an Australia Council Studio residency in Helsinki, Finland.

In 2015, Baumann held a solo exhibition Manoeuvres at the Fremantle Arts Centre, and a shared exhibition Colour Restraint with artist Brendan Van Hek at the Cambelltown Arts Centre. She has had other solo exhibitions in Auckland, 2014; Brisbane, 2012; Poznan, Poland, 2010; and at the Free Range Gallery, Perth, 2009. Her work has been included in important group exhibitions such as New Romance, MMCA, Seoul, South Korea, 2015; Here & Now 15, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, 2015; Everyday Magic, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013; Contemporary Australia, Women, Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Brisbane, 2012; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 2011 and NEW11, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2011.

WA Focus Series
AGWA's WA Focus gallery is dedicated to displaying the diverse work of Western Australian artists. The Gallery is working closely with local artists and the WA arts community to present exhibitions that display the depth of the State’s creative talent through a mix of gender, discipline and experience.

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Image credits - Rebecca Baumann Mixed Feelings 2012. Paper, feed tray, Arduino microcontroller, drive circuits/electronics, remote control, IR receiver. Dimensions variable. Technology build and design: Cake Industries. Photography: Chloe Callistemon. Commissioned by GoMA for 'Contemporary Australia: Women’.
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