Leslie Baum's 'Here Comes the Rainbow' at Cleve Carney Gallery Aug. 24 to Sept. 29

Leslie Baum artwork

By Ann Fink

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn., begins its 2017-2018 exhibition season with “Here Comes the Rainbow,” an exhibit of paintings and works on paper by the artist Leslie Baum, from Thursday, Aug. 24, to Friday, Sept. 29.

For this exhibition, 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.

Leslie Baum calls herself a painter, but that hardly covers what she does. She is not wedded to a particular material or process. Her interest in remaking the same form (or, more precisely, silhouette) as a shaped canvas, on a sheet of embossed paper, or into a piece of ceramic arises from her curiosity about the relationship between perception and apprehension - how we see what we see - while her use of different medium expands the historical definition of painting. Contrary to the road taken by many of her contemporaries, Baum is a painter interested in the possibilities of installation, rather than an installation artist interested in incorporating painting into her work.

Baum’s honors include nominations for the Richard H. Driehaus Emerging Artist Award (2005), and the Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award (2003). Baum was named “Best Emerging Artist” by Chicago Magazine (2004).

This exhibition may be viewed during regular gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and one hour prior to MAC performances and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit atthemac.org for more information about MAC events

An artist reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Additional events for this exhibition include a tour of the exhibition by Cleve Carney Art Gallery Director Justin Witte at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and a discussion by Baum of her work at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

In addition, he Cleve Carney Gallery will host meditation sessions in the gallery space each week of the “Here Comes the Rainbow.” Dates for these sessions will be announced at a later date.

The Cleve Carney Art Galleryoffers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. The gallery’s goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivate a variety of perspectives. And the vision is to be one of the best centers of contemporary art in the Chicago area. Exhibitions Aug. 2017- April 2018 includes Leslie Baum: “Here Comes the Rainbow,” Aug. 24-Sept. 29; “Color Code,” an art installation artistic collaboration Luftwerk (Petra Bachmaiser and Sean Gallero), Oct. 12 – Nov. 18; COD Faculty Exhibit,Dec. 2 – Jan. 20; and an exhibition of work by Faheem Majeed, known for transforming materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants into his art, Feb. 8 - April 7. More information can be found at www.clevecarneygallery.org

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition to the McAninch Arts Center. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection” and offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. For more information visit cod.edu/foundation.

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