Jaimie Warren receives the 2014 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer
Exhibition: April 30 – June 21, 2014 at SF Camerawork
The Baum Foundation and SF Camerawork are pleased to announce artist Jaimie Warren as the recipient of the 2014 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. The Baum Award is given bi-annually to provide an emerging American photographer with resources to pursue their art at a critical point in their career. The award consists of a $10,000 cash grant and a 3-month exhibition at SF Camerawork. The Baum Award is the only award in the U.S. to single out ‘Emerging’ American photographers for support, and is the largest national award among the grants and fellowships available in photography.
Jaimie Warren is a photographer and performance artist living in Kansas City, MO and Brooklyn, NY. Her recent works are elaborate forms of self-portraiture, employing makeup, props, costumes, prosthetics, and often a community of collaborators. Many of her photographs are re-creations of photo-shopped images she culls from the web, refashioned without digital enhancements in a determinedly DIY (Do It Yourself) aesthetic. Her work explores the parameters of performance and identity in the context of art history, pop culture, and the Internet. A wide range of subjects populate her imagery, from Phil Spector to Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’, coalescing to form an irreverent, humorous landscape Warren herself inhabits in a myriad of transformative identities. Warren’s work is playfully loaded with the visual feedback of media-driven celebrity culture especially as it implicates matters of gender, race, society, and the politics of satire.
Jaimie Warren was born in 1980 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute where she studied photography and began experimenting with performance work. In addition to her work as a photographer, she is Co-Creator/Co-Director of the variety show "Whoop Dee Doo". Whoop Dee Doo hosts live, free shows and workshops with the community and under-served youth groups, both locally and nationally.
The jury for the 2014 Baum Award was comprised of Tirza T. Latimer Ph.D., Chair, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts; Stephanie Syjuco, Artist and Assistant Professor in Sculpture, University of California at Berkeley; Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator; Heather Snider, Executive Director, San Francisco Camerawork; Chuck Mobley, Bay Area-based curator and writer.
Funding for the Baum Award is provided by The Baum Foundation. Since 2003, The Baum Foundation has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives by supporting programs in the arts, education and environment. The Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer is a project established out of the conviction that photography is a powerfully influential medium with the capacity to emotionally connect with audiences in ways that words cannot. This ability to reach people on a visceral level can transform awareness to understanding and lead interest into action – fundamental aspects of a healthy and vital society.
In response to receiving the award, Ms Warren comments: "This award is so unique, and this sort of support for an artist is what allows them to truly experiment with ideas, giving them the time and resources to problem solve in a way that can completely turn their practice around. It has the power to bring a new level of professionalism to my work that I would not normally have access to. This comes at such a perfect time in my career, and I am so incredibly grateful and will strive to make the absolute most out of this opportunity.”
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