Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery

Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, 6th Floor
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071

Hulkster, Judith Baumann

Egg Albumen on Stone, Xerox transfer, Acrylic reversal printed in Red, yellow and blue to create a true black and a billiard green, punch registration, 3 runs, 12 TPs on different white rag paper, 3 runs; 19.5" x 15"

The Murray State University Galleries and the Department of Art & Design present Cheap Heat, on view from March 8 to April 19, 2017.

Located in the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery, Cheap Heat is a solo exhibition featuring new works on paper by Judith Baumann.  Baumann will present an Artist's talk in room 631 of the Fine Arts Building, followed by a closing reception at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  

About the work:
Pop culture, suburbia, consumerism and art history influence my work. These interests often combine into ridiculous and strangely humorous puzzles that seemingly lack a logical conclusion. An inadequate key is presented, resulting in an ambiguous understanding, yet a coded significance is still apparent. Nostalgia for places I’ve never been, people I’ve never met, and things I’ve never seen instigate the desire to amass these experiences for myself, however vicariously. I rearrange images, either found or collected from the Internet, remove them from their original context and group them with unrelated imagery in order to create, if only for a moment, a fleeting feeling of grandeur through fabricated histories. In my world, murder mysteries play out in dog show rings, new languages are spawned from copulations between Dave Hickey and pop culture, home appliances fall from the sky in an attempt at world domination, a sense of life’s purpose can be found on the World Wide Web and cross country road trips are shared with John Baldessari.

My work integrates the traditions of photography, design, and printmaking with Internet culture, mashing them together into the encompassing umbrella of digital imaging. In each of these mechanically reproducible traditions, the artist is removed exponentially from the immediate process of art making by technology. My work incorporates new technology to search for a sense of self, for individuality even, within generations of technological invention.

About the artist:
Judith Baumann was born on the first day of spring in a small suburban development outside of Buffalo, NY. She currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where she is an Instructor in Foundations in the School of Art at Northern Arizona University. From 2005 – 2014, she managed a large printshop and taught printmaking, drawing, painting and 2D Design at The Evergreen State College as well as South Puget Sound Community College. From 2008 – 2013, she also served as the Gallery Director for Northern, a non-profit, all-ages art and performance space. She has taught multiple letterpress workshops at Pope Press Olympia and The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon. Under the imprint Renegade Cascade Editions, she creates unique printmedia editions of her own work and fine art print collaborations. She specializes in lithography, letterpress and digital integration in print.

Judith received her MFA in Printmedia from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from Alfred University NYSCC School of Art + Design. In 2015, she completed Tamarind Institute’s prestigious Professional Printer Training Program. She has participated in workshops at Tamarind Institute, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, and The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. She apprenticed under Master Printer Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. She is the 2005 recipient of Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship Award in Printmaking. Her work has been shown nationally in Richmond, VA, Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; and New York City.

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

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