Drunken Geometry is an ongoing collaboration between Leslie Baum and Allison Wade. This iteration of the project engages with the still life genre and its rich history. The table, the ceramic object, the textile–all are foundational elements of still life paintings and materials that figure prominently in Baum’s and Wade’s individual practices. Through these materials, the artists explore their affinities for particular forms and arrangements. Decisions about placement, proximity, and color guide the conversation, as well as a mutual impulse to uncover the sweet spot between object and image, dimensionality and flatness.
Leslie Baum has exhibited in venues nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Rome, and South Korea. Recent exhibitions include Souvenirs From Wonderland at Miami University of Ohio’s Hiestand galleries, Rocket Run at Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan and 100 Painters of Tomorrow, One Art Space NYC. Her animation short, the Megillat Breakdown, made in collaboration with Frederick Wells, was included in the 2014 Eyeworks Festival. Her drawings and paintings are in the permanent collections of the Chicago Art institute, the Elmhurst Art Museum, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Her work has been reviewed extensively including in Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and the Chicago Tribune. She is included in the recently published 100 Painters of Tomorrow. She has received residencies from Yaddo and the Vermont Studio Center. Leslie Baum lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Allison Wade is a visual artist working primarily in drawing and sculpture. She received an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BA in English literature from Stanford University. Recent solo exhibitions include Thin Troubles at Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon, and Conduits and Offerings at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in Memphis; two-person/group exhibitions include the Riverside Arts Center in Riverside, Illinois, Scotty Enterprises in Berlin, and La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, among others. Wade has been awarded residencies at Ox-Bow, ACRE, Mustarinda (Finland), and the Vermont Studio Center and has been a visiting artist at Miami University, Rhodes College, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Wade lives and works in Chicago, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.