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David Nolan Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of n ew works by Dylan Bailey. On view from April 4 to May 4\, this will be the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

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A significant area of Ba iley’s expanding practice is his ongoing series of “number” paintings. Thes e works (which first appeared in a solo show at the National Exemplar galle ry) serve as a record of what the artist describes as “a random toss of met al and plastic numbers.” The resulting images have an otherworldly quality which\, for Bailey\, have the appearance of “a surreal\, cosmic space in wh ich numbers appear to float and hang.” Hovering somewhere in between the ab stract and the representational\, these complex networks of numbers seeming ly allude to mathematical certainties within a strange and ambiguous realm. The artist develops these compositions with a sheet laid flat on the groun d\, applying enamel paint from a spray can over the scattered arrangement o f numbers. When the physical numbers are removed\, a silhouette remains as an imprint on the sheet. In this regard\, the paintings recall early photog raphic experiments\, such as Man Ray’s “rayographs”\, in which objects arra nged on photosensitized paper are exposed to light.

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There is an int uitive nature to Bailey’s practice\, wherein one idea gives way to the next . This is testified in a second series\, in which colored caps (left over f rom his spray cans) are re-used to form the basis of a new body of work. Ri sing nearly seven feet tall and constructed in plywood\, these “colored cap ” panels occupy the main gallery of the present exhibition. These works are characterized by a playful arrangement of colored spray can caps\, which t he artist has inserted from behind the surface of the panels. Bailey ensure s that the plywood grain runs horizontally across the panel\, which has the effect of leveling the composition as in a landscape. With each work\, the artist develops a new layout for the caps – some panels privilege a sparse arrangement\, while others are more clustered or weighted in a certain dir ection. Seen as group\, these Miró-like constellations achieve a sense of d ynamism and movement.

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Dylan Bailey was born in Londonderry\, Vermon t in 1985 and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design\, befor e settling in New York City in 2008.

DTEND:20130504 DTSTAMP:20141023T151247 DTSTART:20130404 GEO:40.7521176;-74.0027907 LOCATION:David Nolan Gallery\,527 West 29th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Dylan Bailey UID:266406 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130404T200000 DTSTAMP:20141023T151247 DTSTART:20130404T180000 GEO:40.7521176;-74.0027907 LOCATION:David Nolan Gallery\,527 West 29th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Dylan Bailey UID:266407 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR