My work investigates space, both concrete and conceptual, that exists within the vacuums of history, memory and idealism. I create images that focus on the void, on the emptiness present in photographic images and the hidden/shadowy sentiments behind them.
Titled after the novel Invisible Cities by Italian magical realist Italo Calvino, these works break down notions of uniqueness and perception while investigating form. The layers of the image create a disconnect between vision and reality, in that the viewer is always multiple levels removed from the original place and moment in time. Viewing the modern condition mediated in pixels and parts, where each light in a nightscape represents a life, where a world can be traveled through a computer screen, I at once confront feelings or nostalgia and loss, expectation and longing.
Raised between Austria and the United States, Marisa Baumgartner (Brooklyn, NY) received her MFA from Yale University in 2006. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at LMD Galerie (Paris, France), Rosenwald Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and Galerie D’(A) (Lausanne, Switzerland), among others. Group exhibitions including her work have been presented at Speos Photographic Institute (Paris, France), Slought Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), among others. In 2012 she was an artist-in-residence at the Note Buena Loft in Cadaques, Spain. Her photographs and reviews of her work have appeared in publications including FACES, Art in America, and Artline Magazine.