Sacha Baumann is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles.
Professionally, Sacha excels in executive administration and operations management for creative industries. She is an expert at leveraging social and professional networking to maximize visibility and teaching others to do the same. Since before it opened, Sacha has worked part time at The Broad, a contemporary art museum, where she engages with the public about art and architecture.
Well versed in contemporary art, design, food, and wine, Sacha is also an enthusiastic walking urban explorer and downtown Los Angeles booster.
As an artist, Sacha extracts found images, primarily from magazines and books, and places them in a new context, manipulating tone and intention, creating a new reality. She does so using self imposed restrictions, which is in part a nod to her training and work as a designer in which she concentrates on problem solving for the specific needs of clients. Restrictions become opportunities for new creations.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication from San Francisco State University (2008). Sacha was born in Hollywood, California and her childhood years were spent in both Northern and Southern California, Alaska, and Utah.
When I turn the pages of a magazine or book and come across images or compositions which strike me as especially arresting, my impulse is to extract the elements and place them in a new context. I want to manipulate the tone and intention, creating a new reality. This is how each artwork begins.
Once the first piece is found, I give myself restrictions as to how to appropriate it into something new. This is in part a nod to my Industrial Design training and work, in which I concentrate on problem solving for the specific needs of clients. Restrictions become opportunities for new creations.
The results of my process are collaged pieces which focus on women's sexuality, typography, and texture. The original pieces which make up my appropriations do not entirely disappear in the new compositions, but when successful their meanings and emotional tone shift into a complete new image, sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious.
I save magazines and scraps from magazines. I have a collection of Jello molds. I'm a very good, scrappy cook. I co-author and designed a wine blog. I was born in Hollywood, at the Community Hospital. I fall in love with buildings, public spaces, and urban detritus. I like long walks in the city with my dog. I lived on an island with one paved road when I was 10. I garden, read books, write letters, work out. I listen, learn, participate. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Industrial Design. I create beautiful graphics. I make art and I sell it. I'm available.
I co-designed and co-wrote a wine blog with my partner Jason King: Swirl Smell Slurp. We had a great time with it, won an award, got a ton of free wine, and got ourselves as the cover story of a fancy magazine...and then quit. Click around the archives if you're into wine and boozy he said / she said banter.
Recent events I participated in and press / mentions I've received.
Press / mention:
"Portrait of Visitor Services Associate, Sacha, at The Broad"
The Broad museum featured my portrait and work on their Facebook and Instagram account. Links here, here, and here.
"Tell Me a Story: Women in the Arts" at La Quinta Museum
January - April, 2017
"VSA's: a Group Exhibition"
Coordinated, designed, and participated as an artist in this exhibition which featured the Visitor Services Associates of The Broad.
Press / mention:
Forbes Magazine: "Price Ranges And Studio Images Of 21 Contemporary Artists" on Forbes.com
April 6, 2015
Features an image of my studio.
&GO! at Keystone Art Space
Show focusing on printed works featuring Jesse Vogel, Micke Tong, Ching Ching Cheng, John Dembski, Chelsea Dean, and Nova. My piece sold.
Group Show at Keystone Art Space
Featuring Dean Styers, Michelle Robinson, Elena Dorfman, Tim Hussey, Melanie Mandl, Ana Medina, Molly Segal, and others. My piece sold.
Generate at Keystone Art Space
Group show curated by Melanie Mandl featuring artists of Keystone, including myself, Dean Styers, Luc Bernard, Luke Whitlatch, Tim Hussey, Sydney Mills, and others. My piece sold.
"Keystone Art Space Open Studios"
May 4, 2013
Over 40 pieces of my work were on display in the Somewhere Something studio for this popular, semi regular even of the warehouse.
Press / mention:
"Artist Interview with Sacha Baumann" on The Collage Workbook
February 8, 2013
In depth interview with images for the website of Randel Plowman's popular book, The Collage Workbook. Read it here.
Featured Artists of Keystone Art Space at Keystone Art Space
February - April 2013
Group show curated by Melanie Mandl featuring artists of Keystone, including Dean Styers, Jesse Vogel, Luc Bernard, Wayne Bannister, Time Hussey. My work sold.
Press / mention:
"Works by Sacha Baumann" on Juxtapoz
January 30, 2013
Front page website feature on current work.
"Torn" at Canelé 3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
June 14 - July 29, 2012
Featuring 17 of my pieces on display at this popular Los Angeles eatery.
All in for the 99% at Ace Museum, 400 S. La Brea, Los Angeles
March 31, 2012
Curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art.
Art exhibit in conjunction with this celebration of art, music, and activism. Presented by Van Jones/Rebuild the Dream, MoveOnCivilAction, Russell Simmons/Occupy the Dream, SEIU, and Courage Campaign.
Fellow artists included RETNA, Amanda Demme, Anthony Lister, Estevan Oriol, Gia Coppola, Ione Skye, James Gallagher, Kofie, Mai Anh, Neckface, Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky, Robbie Conal, Sage Vaughn, Shepard Fairey, and Skullphone. Music included Moby and Tenancious D.
My piece sold.
Press highlights: Storify slideshow, Huffington Post feature, Los Angeles Magazine article
"No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents" at Tate Modern, London
A celebration of the Tate's 10th anniversary, my piece was part of the Rhizome's installation "Mail Nothing to the Tate Modern," curated by David Horvitz. Read more about it here.