Garrett Baumer

Baumer

I envision a not too distant future when the people responsible for our own security fail with ill-fated results. This can be the breakdown of an already fragile infrastructure, the anxiety of preparing for our own defense, or the fear of coping with the aftermath of a tragic event. Based on these speculations a visual mythology of rarely seen places that are designed to monitor, control and respond to unfortunate events are created. I harvest these observations, analyzing how spaces can be transformed due to a high level of security or incidents of alarm and emergency. The act of being denied access to a place or the knowledge that a rare tragedy occurred only creates intrigue.  The moment when intrigue and the denial of information cross paths a mythology is born.

My image creation is heavily influenced by architecture that is strictly utilitarian. I look at how structures are built for security and privacy, then exaggerate those design elements. To dramatize the unseen I fabricate these scenarios through building 3D sets, placing the viewer in a strange mental space; caught between the photographic reality of the material and the alternate reality the space creates as a whole. 

Garrett Baumer was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1981. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Louisville in 2006 and his Master of Fine Arts in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. Shortly after graduating Baumer became the artist in residence in digital arts/photography at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, where he is also an instructor. Recently his body of work, Restricted Access, has been featured in the summer issue of PDN’s Emerging photographer.  In June 2015 Baumer attended Review Santa Fe and in October will have a solo show in the Emergence Exhibition at The Union League Club of Chicago.

Images are available as 24 x 36" and 30 x 45" pigment prints made in editions of 6. Pieces range in price from $1500 (small) to $1900 (large).

 

Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 
 
 
 

Garrett Baumer
Airlock, 2012
Garrett Baumer
Alarm, 2013
Garrett Baumer
Breach, 2013
Garrett Baumer
Containment, 2012
Garrett Baumer
Fire, 2012
Garrett Baumer
Missile Silo, 2015
Garrett Baumer
Storage, 2012