This Glorious Mess (Rebecca Baumann)

This Glorious Mess (Rebecca Baumann)

A colourful and fun installation at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art in Titirangi. The work is by Australian-born artist Rebecca Baumann and should really be shown as a video. Two drum fans and streamers. (Exhibition closed last weekend, new exhibitions opening on Thursday, 11 December.)

Whatever can be said is expressed most eloquently in the Gallery note:

This work utilises drum fans to animate streamers, lifting them to dance and stretch through the air. Through the simple pairing of mechanical fans and streams of crepe paper, Baumann creates a relationship between colour, sound and movement to evoke a joyful emotion and festive experience. This Glorious Mess, however, is controlled only up to a point, leaving space for the coloured strips to take the form dictated by the winds of whirling blades. A recurring feature of Baumann’s work is her ongoing investigation of giving material form to ephemeral phenomena, such as light, colour, sound and emotion, in this case activating and deļ¬ning the energy of the wind through its interaction with streamers.

(Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite, Auckland)

This Glorious Mess (Rebecca Baumann)

This Glorious Mess (Rebecca Baumann)