September 21-October 22, 2017
Reception and artist’s talk: Thursday, September 28, 5-7 p.m.
Clearly a formalist, Bauer’s work is elegant and at the same time playful. He stacks, piles and arranges sculptural elements to convey balance, tension and control. Bright, primary colors are an important aspect of the work, though, more recently, wood surfaces are also apparent. The work references navigation and architecture and leads the viewer on a journey through the gallery.
Bauer earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. Since 2012, he has been the conservation technician of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Recently he was awarded the 2016 Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington D.C. Bauer completed a three-year residency at Baltimore Clayworks and is a 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist, a 2015 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award recipient, and a finalist for the 2015 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, where he received third place. Since 2011, Bauer’s mixed-media sculptures and installations have been featured in more than 36 exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally, including galleries such as the Hamiltonian Gallery, Walters Art Museum, Vox Populi, Flashpoint Gallery, Randall Scott Projects, Towson University, McDaniel College, Arlington Art Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place. Bauer was also invited to present at MAP Gallery’s THIRTY speaker series, a program that brings attention to 30 emerging Baltimore artists under the age of 30.