Artist Spotlight: Case Baumgarten

Case Baumgarten is ANFA’s newest emerging artist. He returned back to his native home of Charlotte after receiving a BFA from the prestigious Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. in 2018. We asked him to be a part of our Black X White exhibition in January 2020 as a guest artist – people were so enamored with his dynamic and textural artwork that we knew we had to keep him on our roster.

Case Baumgarten, Neon Highway, 36×36, SOLD

You are our newest emerging artist and you showcase talent that is seemingly way beyond your years. Tell us a little about your artistic journey so far.

“Growing up in a household that encouraged creation and imagination had a major impact on who and what kind of artist I am today. It was a privilege to not really have to worry about what I was going to do after college. My career path was slow, to begin with, but my hunger for creativity will lead me in the right direction for the future.”

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

“Story, Blip, Connection”

Case Baumgarten, A Blip from Him, 69×34

What are you currently listening to?

“I mostly keep it quiet while working, ambient noise can be interesting if you have a second to really listen.”

What keeps you inspired?

“Other artists for sure, but for my more serious work I pull a lot from memories.”

You use many different mediums which I believe adds such a beautiful depth to your work. Can you explain a little bit about your process?

“As a young artist within our educational system, there were moments where thinking on your feet became the only financially applicable option. A lot of times, this when you start using materials you wouldn’t have thought about, using motor oil as paint or a mop as a brush, scavenging any kind of materials. Experimenting is how you push your work forward, finding out what works for you and what doesn’t.”

You work in both 2D and 3D, which we can’t wait to begin showcasing more of your 3D work. Do you have a preference of which to work in?

“I find it important to work in both mediums simultaneously. Each medium can play an important part in the other. Training your imagination to have multiple viewpoints when only working on just one piece.”

Case Baumgarten, in front of his series “Moon Daisies” about homelessness.

How do you know when a piece is finished?

“When I start to find excuses to paint on a certain piece, that’s an important indicator the work is done or close to being finished.”

What period of art history or which artists have the most influence on your work? If you could have dinner with any famous artist, who would it be and why?

“I would say the Contemporary Art movement now has the most influence in my work. There are so many talented artists out in the world and are easily visible thanks to social media. It’s easy to login to Instagram or Facebook and see an awesomely stunning work one after another…

Sitting down with Lee Krasner would be a joy for me. I wouldn’t ask much of anything, but maybe I’d ask if she was the real embodiment of her husband’s work. “

If you could recommend one book or movie, what would it be? It doesn’t have to be art-related. 

“Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates”

If any, what message do you wish viewers receive from your art?

“When referring to my more serious work, I hope people understand when looking at these pieces – that everyone has a story, that people have experiences you do not and vice versa. Just for my audience to acknowledge that would be satisfying enough. “

Where do you see yourself & your art in the next 5 years?

“Hopefully chasing some of the bigger galleries around the world. I think being around other artists with enormous talent such as theirs, would only encourage me to keep pushing and looking for that new Ah-Ha moment.”

Case Baumgarten, Premonition, 69×36

Case’s career is only at its beginning. Stay tuned for more from him in the coming year at ANFA. His name is one you won’t want to forget…

—Logan Sutton, Gallery Coordinator