In Gallery Two My informal printmaking residency with Stan

In the summer of 2014, Stan Shellabarger awoke from a dream in which he was making pressure prints on a letterpress with artist Elijah Burgher (whom to his knowledge, had never made a print before). Compelled to make this dream a reality, Shellabarger took a class at Spudnik Press in Chicago to learn this technique and subsequently invited Burgher to Spudnik to produce a group of unique prints. Since then, Burgher has returned to the press twice more to print with Shellabarger. Shellabarger, a member of the Spudnik Press Cooperative, has in turn invited several more Chicago artists (most with no printmaking experience) to make prints. In exchange, Shellabarger only requests that he and Spudnik both receive a print from the session instead of financial compensation. Shellabarger savors the experience of witnessing the working methods of artists he admires and while working within the parameters of their artistic visions.
Running concurrently with Stan Shellabarger’s solo show in Gallery 1, My informal printmaking residency with Stan Shellabarger — in Gallery 2 at Western Exhibitions — features prints by Leslie Baum, Elijah Burgher, kg (Karolina Gnatowski), Kelly Kaczynski, Rachel Niffenegger, Paul Nudd, Steve Reinke, and Jeremy Tinder made in collaboration with and at the invitation of Stan Shellabarger at Chicago’s Spudnik Press. Both shows open with a free public reception on Friday, March 1 and run through April 13, 2019.

Cloud 9 2.23.19 - 3.31.19 at LVL3

LVL3 blissfully presents Cloud 9, an anniversary show marking our ninth year as an artist-run space. Each year, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists to celebrate their accomplishments and positive impact on our programming as we continue to grow. Cloud 9 refers to the intense feelings of well-being and happiness. The work in this exhibition shares the feeling of euphoria and new found heights. It’ll have you walking on air. Featuring works by Leslie Baum, Will Hutnick, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Esther Ruiz, and Cecilia Salama.
Saturday 23 February 2019

Rebuildging the Present January 18th - April 13th at the Weinburg Newton Gallery

Presented in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, Rebuilding the Present brings together artists whose works engage a spectrum of meditative practices. The paintings, objects, audio works, and performance documentation on view suggest that meditation can function as a tool of not only self-care but of social justice writ large, offering practitioners a sense of agency to cope in the ever-growing chaos of our world.
Click here to stream Meredith Haggerty's Tiny Retreat, a series of guided meditations made specially for Rebuilding the Present
Leslie Baum, Meredith Haggerty, Cameron Harvey, Susan Hiller, David Lynch, Stan Shellabarger, and Rhonda Wheatley

Waterworld catalog release

"History merges with the present through the quaotations of Leslie Baum's painting practice. Baum cites imagery from existing artwork as if arranging partners in a duo while simultaneously trying to learn the steps of their dance. Visitors are invited to move into a floor painting, mountainand SEA(partial) p.c. where a Cezanne-like landscape surrounds the body on all sides. In shape of the day:e.v.l.h, Baum references imagery from the plein air landscapes of Lawren Stewart Harris along with the abstraction of Esteban Vicente. Harris's Iceberg, Davis Strait, from which Baum quotes, was first painted during a ship voyage through the artic. The artist describes this series, shape of the day, which materialized in the wake of the 2016 election cycle as a way to meditate on natural forces greater than the politics of the day. It is hard not to ponder in this age of climate change that a view of the icebergs may not be visible much longer. In the work of Baum, we find another avenue to explore the world, what we inherit from artists, and the traditions of the part through her artistic agency."

night brings day/day brings night, a solo exhibtion at heaven gallery

Night brings day/day brings night is a selection of intimately scaled paintings from an ongoing project. This project came to fruition in the shadow of the 2016 presidential election. In that moment, the studio became a refuge and a place to contemplate forces greater in scale than the politics of the day. The paintings that emerged meditate on natural cycles and the passage of time: seasonal rotations, the turning of the calendar, and the rhythmic flow of night into day and day into night. Each work imagines a world within a world: a portal, an opening, into the unknowable, and each is tethered to the hope found in the long arc of time.

Waterworld, curated by Holly and Zachary Cahill

Participating artists include: Leslie Baum, Drexciya, Julie Marie Lemon, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Mohau Modisakeng, David Nasca, and Allan Sekula.

Curated by Holly + Zachary Cahill

Pushing Up Daisies at Peana/Monterrey Mexico

A new collaborative piece with Allison Wade is featured in Pushing Up Daisies, a group exhibition at Peana organized in collaboration with Triumph Chicago. 

54 Basel Street: Assaf Evron at the Herzliya Museum

At the heart of the exhibition is a photograph of a concrete mural relief situated at the entrance to the Beit Yad Labanim memorial building (which from 1975 to 2000 also served as the Herzliya Museum's main entrance). In this relief - created by the local artist Shlomo Eliraz - we see a combination of a formal, geometrically abstract arrangement, biblical verses, and excerpts from Natan Alterman's poem, "The Silver Platter" - in keeping with conventional official and ceremonial protocol. Recently, the Mundi_Lab research group of the Technion's Faculty of Architecture in Haifa (headed by Dr. David Behar-Perahia) removed the partitions between the memorial building and the museum, as part of ongoing research that they presented at the museum. Evron has placed a photograph of that relief within the museum space, as an integral part of it, in a bid to tackle the charged historical, national, and local contexts that it embodies. In addition, Evron invited the American artist Leslie Baum - to respond to it in her own language, which engages with the modernist heritage. The juxtaposition between the photograph of the relief and these paintings offers a study of complementary contrasts, bringing together the universal and personal as well as an ideological call for the right to autonomy.

Unfunction at the Weston Art gallery

On Friday, September 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts will kick off its twenty-third exhibition season with the opening of UnFunction, a group exhibition curated by writer and independent curator Maria Seda-Reeder (Cincinnati, OH) that examines the intersection of functional objects and fine art.
The materials with which artists choose to engage have long reflected their particular understanding of the complex consequences of art as commodity. So what does it mean for artists to continue to create objects that will likely outlive their makers? Playing with signifiers of both craft and fine art, the dozen artists in UnFunction undermine and reinforce paradigms of purpose—transcribing meaning from the materials around them in ways that make us question our understanding of function. Interrogating the limits of formalism, applications of affordable and abundant materials, and subversions of the semiotics of design and notions of practical use are explored throughout the exhibition in myriad and unexpected ways.
Featuring artworks by Denise Burge, Terence Hammonds, Emily Hanako Momohara, Sean Mullaney (all Cincinnati, OH); Leslie Baum, Dan Devening, Emily Moorhead, Allison Wade (all Chicago, IL); Daniel Bare (Clemson, SC); Tracy Featherstone (Hamilton, OH); Elizabeth Runyon (Oxford, OH); and Chris Vorhees (Indianapolis, IN), UnFunction surveys a broad cross section of disciplines, techniques, concepts, and materials in an expansive installation utilizing both floors of the Weston Art Gallery. 

LESLIE BAUM HERE COMES THE RAINBOW August 24 - September 29, 2017 Reception: August 27, 1:00 - 3:00pm

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery begins its 2017-18 season with an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the artist Leslie Baum.
Known for her painting-based installations Baum's work covers a diverse range of surfaces and media. The different materials, scale and installations of her work mix with a sampling and remixing of iconic modern painting imagery. Her attention to, and referencing of, the rich history of painting is a devoted celebration of its history. At the same time her agility and willingness to move throughout that history is a joyful casting-off of its limitations.  
For Here Comes The Rainbow Baum will be debuting two new bodies of work that use the seven hues of the rainbow as a launching point. Central to the installation will be seven monumental paintings on un-stretched canvas that will be mounted directly on a 45 foot long section of wall in the gallery.
For more of Leslie Baum's work visit:

100 painters of tomorrow book launch and exhibition

one art space
23 warren street
new york new york

november 6 2014

broadsheet catalog

New catalog for souvenirs from wonderland exhibition available. Designed by Sonnenzimmer, with an essay by Philip Martin and poem by Maureen N. McLane

My Crippled Friend, curated by Michael Goodson, CCAD

My Crippled Friend investigates the recent history of the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object. While “painting as object” has often been a formalist issue, the works in this exhibition gather their identity through the subversion of formalism—scrambling and reassembling themselves in an aesthetic shell game where the act of painting is always an investigation of a painting’s ability to push into objecthood.

The result is a collection of works that are each alive in a way that only a painting can be, as well as present in a way that seems more like an object. Impossible to label as one specific medium (“a painting” or “a sculpture”), they are, rather, an often-lumpy but always compelling combination of the two.

Participating artists will include Richard Aldrich, Claire Ashley, Leslie Baum, Anna Betbeze, Sarah Braman, Tom Burr, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Sarah Cain, N. Dash, Cheryl Donegan, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Katharina Grosse, Mary Heilmann, Chris Johanson, Ross Knight, Jim Lambie, Jim Lee, Chris Martin, Sam Martineau, Matt Rich, Cordy Ryman, Nancy Shaver, Daniel Turner, Amy Yoes, and Tamara Zahaykevi
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