Cain Baum


detail of artist's work

I am a native Chicagoan that needs the lake. My artwork takes into consideration the many relationships encountered outside of romance. I look specifically to human relationships that change without maintenance and shifting attitudes towards institutions and dialogue ready for reexamination in our current social climate. My sculptures are all about joinery, a relationship strategy that takes the two moments in a connection and affects both sides: I build structures, create spaces and leverage objects in assemblages. In wooden joinery each piece is outfitted to snug up together, with fabric there is stitching, with metal, welds, in weighted relationships there is balance and shared strength, with stacking there are equal moments of justice where the two forms nestle and provide strength to the next layer. It is this joinery that I exploit, sometimes equal moments coming together visible and straightforward, other moments I hide the mechanics and show only the relationships of material. The combinations of these moments are of utmost importance and provide for the contemplation and commentary on states of self, place and politics of the home, using this specific feature to project to larger spheres.

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.