Bureau will present a dual show of Erica Baum and Julia Rommel, looking at the significance of folds and texture in their respective photography and painting practices. Composing images that often function simultaneously as concrete poetry, Baum has spent the past 20 years working with printed materials and the fragments of language found therein. A recent series abstracted phrases and symbols captured from industrially produced 20th-century home sewing patterns. There is also a structural quality to Rommel’s paintings, which lay bare the traces of their making and manipulation. The surfaces are visibly layered, smoothed, folded, unfolded, and stapled, indexing the artist’s process and decision-making over time.
About the Gallery
Bureau is a contemporary art gallery that celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2020. Gabrielle Giattino opened the gallery in 2010 following a curatorial partnership with Howie Chen called Dispatch. Bureau represents a close-knit group of 18 artists from emerging to established, many of whom are featured in prominent international exhibitions, biennials and represented in numerous public collections.
Erica Baum, Plankton Diatoms, 2021 (Naked Eye), Archival pigment print, 19 × 14 inches (48.26 × 35.56 cm.), Edition 2/6 + II AP. Courtesy of the artist and Bureau, New York.
Erica Baum, Worry, 2019, (Patterns), Archival pigment print, 36 × 27.21 inches (91.44 × 69.11 cm.), Edition 2/4 + II AP. Courtesy of the artist and Bureau, New York.
Julia Rommel, 15th Floor, 2022, Oil on linen, 48 1/2 × 42 inches (123.19 × 106.68 cm.). Courtesy of the artist and Bureau, New York.
Julia Rommel, Cold Front, 2022, Oil on linen, 21 × 24 inches (53.34 × 60.96 cm.). Courtesy of the artist and Bureau, New York.