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K-State Today

February 10, 2012



Furniture designer and artist to lecture today

By Emily Vietti

Phillip Baumer drawing

K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design presents a lecture by interior architecture and product design alumnus Phillip Baumer. Baumer’s lecture, titled “Inverting 3 Into 2,” will take place at 4 p.m. today, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. This lecture is free and the public is welcome.

Baumer received his bachelor’s degree in interior architecture from Kansas State University in 1990 and a master’s of fine art specializing in sculpture from Wichita State University. Baumer has worked as a furniture designer/design engineer and is currently working as a project and operations manager for Blake Clotia, a commercial cabinet company in Wichita, founded in 1995. He has designed and built furniture for numerous clients both private and public on a regional and national scale. He also works as a professional artist, and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Baumer’s art explores the language, gesture and commotion of line within drawing and sculpture. His works intend to construct a kind of substantial ephemerality – a progression of marks and their shadows delineating tumults of visual commotion, an emergent, intrusive expanse in suspended animation. The resulting perceptual liveliness generates form and an approach to a resolute way of seeing the systems and shapes that exist within our environments.