Dagmar Baumann is conducting a consistent and diverse oeuvre which emphasizes on the gesture. The handling of the material guides the work into being.
The works of Dagmar Baumann appear as a celebration of the becoming of a work. The image reveals the process or better: the process is the image. We witness the remains of an action that includes the hand of the maker. Brushsrokes land on a canvas from somewhere outside, they form traces and layers, sometimes unaccountably many, sometimes - clear as daylight - two or three bold moves, which determine the entire canvas. The strokes cross over in a speedy shortcut or meander and circulate in the white field and stir it up into a dazzling illusion of three-dimensionality. The abstract image is not distant, but full of movement and emotion. It evokes all kind of association with nature, geology or microscopic images, but it always points back to the reality of the painting itself. That goes for her collage-work as well. Those are meticously cut out from extented archives of printed matters and the recicling of her own works. The swaying and flickering of the image elements suggest a consistent logic of cause and effect that gets mystically intertwined in the image and all kind of associations and ideas seem to just hold the attention and create a surprising stillness.
The gestural image, the subjective archives and the collections of objects form the personal space are no longer merely a form of individual expression, but an equivalent of the question how to live.
Being aware of the movement itself as in a performance and observing the quality of connection and communication that the found images and objects represent opens up not only the realm of painting as a artistic discipline but as a way of being 'in live'. By the way how the artwork is appearing in a space as a setting - wether exhibition or private rooms - it becomes an interlocutor between everything present, including the viewer. Bounderies loosen up in the flowing, sometimes dazzling feeling that the images radiate. This sense of here and now, the play with place and chronologie and a distant presence of the artist is apparent in the whole ouevre of Dagmar Baumann. This understanding of the gesture encorporates collage and found objects, abstract and figurative painting and drawing, and occasionally perfrmances that proces and redefine the work in the presence of an audience.
studio-presentation with 004 Collective during Art Rotterdam
Art-Window Goethe Institute, Rotterdam
‘This Is’ HAL Rotterdam, mural
GRAW, studio presentation
Galerie 158, Schiedam, Baumann/Wieringa, duo
‘HOUTKUST’ film and mural in Houthem, Sint Gerlach
Open studio Borgerstraat – concept publication and installation in collaboration with
Heyer Thurnheer and Kathrin Wolkowitz - curator studio-talk
development of publication of artist with artists talks in the framework of
Borgerstraat Open Studio’s
2019 - 2018
workshop and exhibition at Pari Networks, Pari, Italy
commission for the collection of NN Nationale Nederlanden, The Hague,
collage 'Looking Up..."
presentation Rotterdam Contemporary with Partners Galerie
‘at the same place by coincidence’group-exhibition
On Arte, Locarno, Suisse , cuated by Heyer Thurnheer
‘it is Sunday’ house-exhibition , open studio, Maastricht
'Sediment and Sentiment' bookshop Hans Walgenbach, Rotterdam (April, may 2016) –
solo exhibition and performance/artist talk with Hans Walgenbach on my publication
‘Sediment and Sentiment’
February - open studios Borgerstraat during Rotterdam Art- Week –
installation in collaboration met Heyer Thurnheer en Kathrin Wolkowicz
Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair ( with Partners Galerie)
Partners Galerie, met Rick Koren, Sarah Züst en Sjoerd Westbroek,
(curating of the exhibition)
Museum Waterland, Purmerend - group Exhibition 'On Collage'
open studios Borgerstraat, Rotterdam,
installation with Heyer Thurnheer en Kathrin Wolkowitz, 004 Collective
‘Movement’ Kinderkunsthal (museum for children) Rotterdam
‘Meer van Veel’ (more of many), exhibition and book presentation at
Studio Trenkel, Pop-Up Gallery, Rotterdam
publication ‘Sediment and Sentiment’ with Nienke Terpsma
'Duende Dicht', studio presentation
‘Your Tender Hip’, Gallery Phoebus Rotterdam, solo
‘Zuid/Oost/West’ (South/East/West), in ‘De Paddestoel’, Doorn, solo
‘Smooth Operators’, exhibition Tekengenootschap Pictura, Dordrecht,
with Noëlle Cuppens and Peter Redert.
‘Serving the Facts’, Traders Pop Gallery, Maastricht, solo
and many more
WORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE ARTISTIC PRACTICE
tutor at WDKA, fashion department, artistic thinking and idea-developement,
form studies and visual perception, artistic research, Willem de Kooning Academy,
“To look up, to look down” – collage for the collection of the NN
O&O grant (CBK Rotterdam) for the production of ‘Sediment and Sentiment’
Mural Rozestraat as a part of the project “A Sleeping Beauty”,
Interior Crematorium Hofwijk, Rotterdam, publication
throughout my artistic practice I got several grants of the National Art-Support Institution,
Fonds (BKVB), Amsterdam and CBK Rotterdam, whom I owe many thanks.
my work is sold and commissioned in galleries, private collections and art-institutions throughout The Netherlands and abroad.
Fachhochschule (Bachelor) Design (monumental Design in public space),
Aachen, Germany , diploma dipl.des.
Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, (postgraduate), NL