Kyle Bauer

Baltimore,  Maryland, USA


Kyle is a native of Southern Illinois. He graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Sculpture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 2011 with an MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University. Kyle’s work is an exploration of both traditional and alternative ceramic processes  that are realized within the context of mixed media sculpture. In August of 2011, Kyle moved to Baltimore, MD. to become an Artist in Residence at Baltimore Clayworks. He currently teaches classes covering a range of ceramic practices, while maintaining his studio practice and an active national exhibition record.

Statement of work:

My current body of work is an exploration that combines a metaphorical reference to maritime navigation with sculptural forms that convey balance, tension, and control. These mixed media sculptures are conceived with an adherence to the formalist perspective of objects. Each sculpture exists as an honest form. The work, and my intention in making it, is evidence of the process of breaking down selective

images or objects into what I understand to be their purest representational forms, such as a squares, cylinders, pyramids, and rectangles. I allude to themes and the metaphor of a journey, which coupled alongside my continual quest for self discovery, has been manifested into sculptures that aid the viewer as they navigate the gallery space.


I compose my sculpture by the means of arranging, stacking, and piling—trusting the instincts of building. In many cases, I let the objects dictate their own forms. I recognize that this methodology more closely correlates to the formalist qualities within my sculpture, allowing me the ability to investigate a broader expression of ideas. I derive pleasure from this act of construction and enjoy how this process provides multiple layers of meaning as well as investigation through the use of color, surface, pattern and form. I am a formalist by nature; I look at everything for its shape, space, and volume. My visual library and language come from my history with restoration and preservation, particularly of houses and furniture. By using singular objects and their imagery in repetition, I reduce the known or recognizable images by means of texture manipulation. My attempt is to get the objects into the common denominator of form, asking the viewer to investigate and interact with what is before them.

Recent Interviews:

Honest Forms: An Interview with Kyle Bauer by Cara Ober

Recent Reviews :


Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings and Events September 18-22

What is the Point of Juried Exhibitions? A Reaction to MAP’s Regional Juried Show by Dwayne Butcher