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Erica Baum, Line Line Green Red, 2018, ink-jet print, 16 × 16 5⁄8". From the series “Patterns,” 2018–.

Erica Baum

Bureau

Via close-ups of found language on partially erased chalkboards, View-Master discs, and newspaper clippings, Erica Baum has established herself as an insightful and nimble poet-photographer. Lists in particular yield an unexpected beauty under her gaze. Take Untitled [Suburban Homes], 1997, a picture of an old-fashioned library card catalogue that cleverly isolates a pair of consecutive tabs marked suburban homes and SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES; or How Long, 2011, which features bits of dialogue along the diagonal fold of a dog-eared page. Even when Baum spotlights an image rather than a text (her series “Naked Eye,” 2008–, for example, consists of paperbacks that have been opened just enough to reveal part of an illustration), it is always framed by the printed word. For her recent exhibition at Bureau, the artist chose a new but fitting material: tissue-thin sheets of sewing diagrams and their

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