SCI-FI + FANTASY; MUD, SALT CRYSTALS, ROCKS, WATER; WIND; ROTATION; REVOLUTION
Krome Gallery presents the first gallery exhibition in Germany by Dave Hullfish Bailey (*1963). To date the Los Angeles based artist has mainly shown his site-specific and research-based projects at international art institutions.
Bailey's exhibition at Krome Gallery is conceived in close relation to his recently published artist book, „What's Left”, and to the exhibition site on Karl-Marx-Allee. From the diverse research collected in the book, Bailey presents a series of photographic images that document the self-organized, open-air library at so-called Slab City, a squatters' camp located on an abandoned military base in California's southern desert. Alongside these images he includes selected pieces of new research, a text-based slide projection, and a collection of sculptural objects, some of which were created in situ of materials being thrown out by local Berlin libraries.
Together, these elements propose a chain of connections which are rooted in concrete details of location, yet are at the same time highly speculative. By linking these official and unofficial collections of books with each other and with the exhibition and publication site - the gallery is located adjacent to the former Karl Marx Bookstore which was founded in the GDR and today is the office of Sternberg Press - Bailey frames questions about the social spaces of learning, and the possibly asocial reasons for reading.
"...In other words, I am building the exhibition out of concerns developed in the book, that have to do with disorganizing and reorganizing information, but also with social structures. These relate in the cultural function of pedagogy, as a means of creating social cohesion. The Slab City Library (with its heavy weighting of escapist literature), the Rodchenko reading room, and the ghost of the Karl Marx Bookstore, are specific versions of this nexus between the organization of information (as matter and as ideas) and the organization of the individual and the collective at the level of the social.” (Dave Hullfish Bailey)
Self-reflexively, Bailey's inquiry unfolds through diverse methodologies ranging from the accepted to the idiosyncratic: the objectivizing lens of the camera, empirical experimentation, word play and logical games, and site investigations that recall those of Situationist 'psychogeography'. In this regard the project extends Dave Hullfish Bailey's performative investigation of issues concerning the production of meaning, and the instrumentalization of information as a dynamic in the construction of public and private social spaces.
After completing degrees in philosophy and theology Dave Hullfish Bailey studied at the Art Center College of Design Pasadena where he graduated in 1995. Since then he has realized numerous exhibitions, site-based projects and lecture performances worldwide, including solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2004) and Casco, Utrecht (2007), and a two-person show with Nils Norman at Raven Row, London (2009). His first solo exhibition in Germany was at Berlin's Künstlerhaus Bethanien, as part of its international residency program. In Berlin his works have also been included in several group exhibitions at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK, 1998, 2003, 2008). He has participated in international group exhibitions including the 2nd Berlin Biennial (1998), ”Charley” at P.S.1 New York (2002), ”Turrbal-Jagera”, Brisbane (2007), the Lyon Biennial (2008) and the touring exhibition ”For the blind man in the dark...” (2009- 2010), which was recently on view at the ICA London, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the de Appel Arts Center Amsterdam a.o. Dave Hullfish Bailey lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the Art Center College of Design Pasadena.