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AGWA's annual program dedicated to displaying the work of Western Australian artists, WA Focus showcases recent and new work by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium.

Rebecca Baumann Mixed Feelings (detail)

rebecca baumann

28 May – 22 August 2016

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.

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.

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.

Baumann is represented in the State Art Collection with her work Automated Colour Field, an hypnotic display of ceaselessly turning flip-clocks will be on display to coincide with the WA Focus exhibition.



AGWA Talks

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.

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Rebecca Baumann Automated Colour Field 2011


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, from India with the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award in 2009, the Culturia Residency, Berlin, 2010 and 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 she had a solo exhibition Manoeuvres, at the Fremantle Arts Centre, and a shared exhibition Colour Restraint with onetime Perth based artist, Brendan Van Hek at the Cambelltown Arts Centre. She has had other solo exhibitions in Auckland, 2014, Brisbane, 2012 and Poznan, Poland, 2010 and Free Range Gallery, Perth, 2009.

She was included in such important group exhibitions 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.


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’

Rebecca Baumann
Automated Colour Field 2011
100 flip clocks, laser-cut paper, duration 24 hours, ed.3/3, 130 x 360 x 9 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011
© Rebecca Baumann, 2011

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