For Baumgartner, painting is a dialogue between conscious and controlled versus unconscious and playful expression. He deliberately invites imperfections and deviations that push his abstract expression in a more human direction. Visually, his paintings take their cue from the laws of geometry, while his process is shaped by intuitive choices that endow his conceptual structures with recognizable forms. His figurative abstractions obey the laws of gravity, creating space for a shared bodily experience. In their materiality and spatiality, his geometric subjects also reveal something about how we make observations and how we always look for meaning in what we see.
Stig Baumgartner (b. 1969) is an artist and a lecturer in drawing and perception at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Baumgartner's paintings are found in Finland's leading collections, including the Saastamoinen Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.