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Ali Bailey

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Bedford, UK

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sculpture, conceptual, appropriation mixed-media abstract


Throughout my practice I have been interested in producing work that deals with the balance between what is real and what is the copy or “fiction”. There has also been a nascent sub-theme that engages a melancholy marked by failure, chance or loss. A destabilizing tension or push-pull between poles, described by the use of ‘made’ elements versus found materials and shifting relationships between object and display sets up a questioning of how meaning is defined.

A recent body of work incorporated realistic re-creations of objects that were collective symbols of loss, such as an old tree stump carved with rants, loves and personal poetics. These sculptures existed holistically, creating a dialogue with other works that were assemblages of found objects that were more obtuse in meaning and incorporated chance. This tension pushed me towards a new body of work that involves a more abstract language whose forms have a relationship to minimalism while addressing the ready-made with the use of commercial products and advertisements.

Now that I am directly using elements of commercial culture within my work, the underlining feelings of loss transgress to include a dialogue that probes beyond personal experience and into the broader, more complex relationship that one has with a capitalist society and objects at large. In one piece a tall tiered framework becomes an elaborate device to hold a can of coca-cola. Another holds a felt blanket. This oscillation between the real and the uncanny, the staged and the incidental, and the object and the pedestal points toward a struggle to understand these interventions and to contemplate their use and value as art objects.

Ali Bailey (b. 1982, Beford, UK)  recently moved from London to Chicago, IL. He received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton in 2006. Bailey recently had a solo exhibition at Golden Gallery in Chicago and has an upcoming solo show at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago.

Recent Exhibits

Ali Bailey participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2012 FRIDGE
Control Room
Apr, 2012 Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)
Gallery 400
Apr, 2012 Print Imprint
Actual Size Los Angeles
Mar, 2012 Print Imprint
Cirrus Gallery
Iceberg Projects
Jan, 2011 The Fact of the Matter
Poppy Sebire
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