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Myka Baum

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Degree: MA Print
University: Royal College of Art London
Graduation Year: 2017

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Baum makes fresh and invigorating connections with an increasingly ignored nature. The young artist was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2009, where the judges included Ellen Gallagher, Saskia Olde Wolbers, John Stezaker and Wolfgang Tillmans, who reviewed over 10,000 slides and hundreds of videos to bring together the showcase of contemporary talent. Baum’s ‘Lunar Mare’ series received high praise from Wolfgang Tillmans himself: "It’s a very specific vision-it’s definitely something I have never seen before and it is an achievement."

Furthermore, Myka’s work followed on to be selected for long-term display at Arts Council England alongside only 9 other recent New Contemporaries.

Artist Statement

I'm an visual artist living and working in London. After a decade in Logistics Management I escaped from the office to study for a BA in Fashion Product Management (2004) where I discovered art. I became a keen photographer and I went on to study on the Postgraduate Certificate in Photography at Central Saint Martins (2009) which resulted in my Lunar Mare series being selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 09. I have exhibited at Café Park Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe, Photofusion, Cornerhouse, and APT gallery amongst others and am currently in my final term of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art on the Print pathway. I work with a variety of processes including photography, printmaking and installation, often involving natural phenomena in the making of my work. Central to my practice is the fragility of nature. I am interested in how we have become so disconnected both from nature and from our animal being. My work is largely informed by my deep engagement with and close observation of nature and draws heavily on the studies and writings of Darwin and Goethe. I am driven to ‘feel my way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it’ (Henri Bergson) and to make this visible through my work. Key sources of inspiration have been Daro Montag, Janet Lawrence, Ackroyd & Harvey, herman de vries, Tim Knowles and Helen Chadwick to name but a few. An ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image is manifested through transformative production processes. Centred on a microbiology of growing and developing living and rotting matter, which become implicated onto the surface of the image. Processes have included corrosion of film under compost, corrosion of prints in saltwater and planting crops into and through photographic prints. These processes are captured using ancient and modern methods such as Cyanotypes, Lumen Prints and Digital Photography.

Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2017, Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London
2017, O, Garden Room Galleries
2017, Output, CGP, London
2016, Science Inspires Art: Food, New York
2016, The Shutter Hub Open 2016, Cambridge
2016, Obsolete & Discontiinued, Revela-t, Analogue Photography Festival, Barcelona
2016, Break/Link, RCA, London 2016,
2016, Work-In-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London
2015, Fiddling While Earth Burns, RCA Dyson Gallery, London
2015, Photofusion Salon/15, Photofusion, London
2014, Autumn Sprouting - Germination of New Ideas, Brighton Photo Fringe, Vantage Point, Brighton
2014, Bonfire In A Beehive, End of residency show, Freightliners City Farm, London
2013, Tri-pod Presents Miss Havisham's Larder, Photofusion, London
2012, Q-Art Presents 4, APT Gallery, London
2012, Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2011, index7, Protein Gallery, London
2011, earth:NOW:being, Hackney City Farm, London
2011, earth:NOW:being, Church Farm Ardeley, Stevenage
2011, Try A Little Tenderness, Freightliners City Farm, London
2011, Canal Museum, London
2010, Arts Council England, London (18 month display)
2010, Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2010, Folk Off, Green Lens Studio, London
2010, Little White Lies, SuperMonday Collective, Stour Space, London
2009, Tracing The Image, SuperMonday Collective, Crypt Gallery, London
2009, Bloomberg New Contemporaries
2009, Rochelle School, London
2009, Unseen, SuperMonday Collective, Gramaphone, London
2009, Unique Perspectives, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
2008, Interim Show, Old Truman Brewery, London 

Publications & Press

2015, Bonfire In A Beehive, Feature, Shutter 2013, Exhibiting Photography, Shirley Read, Focal Press
2013, Exhibiting Photography, Shirley Read, Focal Press
2013, World Photography Organisation, Sue Steward Column, Ones To Watch: Myka Baum’s City
Crops series and Janet Laurence’s The Ferment (05/2013)
2011, The Times, Beat volatility by avoiding the stock market, p. 42 (12/11/2011)
2011, Islington Gazette, Front page, Festival’s art in unusual places (21/07/2011)
2009, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, New Contemporaries Publications
2009, Selection Transcript Bloomberg New Contemporaries, New Contemporaries Publ, p.12 2009, a-n, Bloomberg New Contemporaries review by Carolyn Shepherd (09/2009)


Talks & Presentations

2015, Artist Talk, Myka Baum & William Arnold, London Alternative Photography Collective, Silverprint, London
2013, Presentation on Practice, Photofusion Gallery, London
2011, Q-Art Convenor, presentation on practice, Cass Art, London 

 

Original works:

Tidal Waves 00:43 hrs

By Myka Baum

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Mare Undarum - Sea of Waves

By Myka Baum

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Mare Anguis - Serpant Sea

By Myka Baum

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Worm Action / 2 Minutes 35 Sec...

By Myka Baum

£290

Worm Action / 6 minutes 22 sec...

By Myka Baum

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Worm Action / 9 minutes

By Myka Baum

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Worm Action / 4 minutes 10 sec...

By Myka Baum

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Worm Action / 3 minutes 17 sec...

By Myka Baum

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Worm Action / 2 minutes 57 sec...

By Myka Baum

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Mare Undarum - Sea of Waves

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Cosmos 1

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Flower Studies | Lavender 1

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Trials & Tribulations

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Lunacy | Suicidal

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Lunacy | Split Personality

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Mare Anguis - Serpent Sea

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Rotten Study 1

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Global Breakdown

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