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Erica Baum & Constance DeJong
Bureau at Art Basel
Feature Sector: Hall 2.1 Booth T8
June 13 - 18 2017

Bureau is pleased to present a two-person curated project for Art Basel Feature, this June. The photographic work of Baum and the narrative audio pieces by DeJong represent singular approaches to experimental storytelling.

Baum’s “Naked Eye” series features fanned out pages of paperback books, spread open to reveal isolated figures. Anonymous women and iconic movie stars peek through brightly-colored page edges as if spied through parted curtains. These seductive images are accompanied by appropriated text works: gelatin silver prints from Baum’s historic "Card Catalogue" series and poetic verses from her more recent "Dog Ear" work. DeJong is a writer and performer working for over three decades on narrative within the context of avant-garde music and contemporary art. DeJong’s densely descriptive work, written for her own transporting voice, is here transmitted through modified vintage radios. She leads a meandering chronicle through myriad environments: a bustling Madison Avenue, a log cabin warmed by a crackling wood fire, a tour of a dusty apartment and its guest room revenants. The radio serves as the portal to complex worlds described by DeJong’s disembodied voice as Baum stitches fragmented stories together through captured slices of image and text.

Click here to listen to Constance DeJong on bureau.audio