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WA Focus - Rebecca Baumann


Thu 18 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 20 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 21 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 22 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

Rebecca Baumann’s work spans sculpture, installation and performance. Her practice is driven by a formal and conceptual exploration of materials, through which she interrogates ideas about colour and emotion. For WA Focus, she will present a site specific installation, creating an immersive experience which explores colour, light and time.

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 Helsinki, Baumann visited Lapland to view the Northern Lights. Drawings of this rare experience complement an interactive paper work Mixed Feelings 2012 which is on show in Perth for the first time. The exhibition also includes a new light installation that creates pulsating colour waves around the gallery space.

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 pursuit of happiness and celebration, its examination of 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.

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.

Image credit - Rebecca Baumann and Brendan Van Hek Untitled 2015. Mirrored acrylic, aluminium, dimensions variable. Photography by Simon Hewson. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre for ‘Colour Restraint’.