Cody Bayne is an artist based in LA.
-born Knoxville, Tn
-lives /works Los Angeles
My work is exploring the ubiquitous beauty of decay & renewal of the discarded and torn via a diverse range of sources and influences from post-war 20th century artists to graffiti & street art/tagging culture, commoditization culture, decline & renewal, consumption & poverty, and the impact of gentrification. I do so by mining the areas that I inhabit for materials & information on the streets, merchant posters, layered adverts on plywood fencing on construction sites. I reconfigure the information with intent for combined context of the social implications & visual harmony. I find connection to the Nouveau Réalisme movement more specifically Francois Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Jacques de la Villeglé as well as more contemporary artists like Mark Bradford who source materials from their immediate environments to make their work. The work is intended to create a connection to the beauty of the decayed & discarded, the new & reborn. While referencing urban decay, urban renewal, gentrification & commercialism/commoditization that is a part of everyday experience living on the east side of LA, Bushwick & Berlin (amongst other cities experiencing both decay and revival), the work is consciously giving a nod to the historical legacy of the Abstract & Minimalist art movements of the 20th century, as well as, a wink to current work that proliferates the current contemporary art culture.
Rawness & incompleteness speaks to current conditions of the regions that I tend to inhabit. Thus, it is as much a reflection of my inner self, as much as it is a comment of my personal external experience. Though I do not approach the work through a filter of Social Commentary, I do draw upon the visual references that inhabit an environment that reflects upon itself and allow the work to reveal deeper meaning.
Quite simply, I find the dissonance of urban decan/urban renewal butted directly against one another beautiful. I capturing that as a fleeting fragment thus, in a way, archiving the experience.
“Cody Bayne‘s collages from his ‘Disparate Renewal’ series belong in the punk firmament, his work an exploration of beauty and decay, the discarded and the torn, the prolific consumption of a materialist world, the detritus of poverty and the yawning gap that resides between both. His images a demarcation, a mark, a surge of power that creates art out of the very materials that we disregard…… “And while his collage aesthetic consciously looks to the avant garde movements of the 20th Century, in order to make sense of the present, it’s very much the product of contemporary society. There’s a naked anger, a distrust, a negation of the status quo in Bayne’s art. His work screams at us, demands that we open our eyes to the waste and profligate nature of a consumerist world.”
- Moray Mair,
- Founder of Mutantspace, Cork. Ireland
“Bayne has an attitude and an approach to his neo-urban expressionist niche that saves it from accusations of pretension. His collages have a rawness to them; their fractured grounds are so realistically rendered as to look cut directly from some grimy city wall. It’s urban decay reborn in a gallery, with the benefit of being surprisingly unsanitized. ”
- Kayla Goggin,
- contributor Ride Gallery, Savannah, Ga./Panama City, Panama
2015 NONEXTANT, Gold Haus Gallery, Highland Park,Ca.
2012 I ALWAYS SAY NOW , WHEN I MEAN NO., (Sub)Urban, Los Angeles, Ca
2011 RESPONSE/OPPORTUNITY, (Sub)Urban, Los Angeles, Ca.
UN[tit]LED , New Work, (Sub)Urban Los Angeles, Ca.
2010 ART SHOW (vol 1.1) New Works, Skingraft, Los Angeles, Ca.
KOOL LAYED The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles,Ca.
GROUP HUG, The Good Luck Gallery,Chinatown,Los Angeles
WISHLIST x2, The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
DROP IN, Hot Rod, Los Angeles.
URBAN PLAYGROUND, The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
MOTIF., The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
Gallery Artists (on-going) , Gold Haus Gallery, Highland Park
2013 L.A. BE MINE: The Art of Los Angeles., L'art Pour L'art
2012 Get Art 4/Project Angel Food, Siren Studios, Los Angeles, Ca.
QPU (Queer Pile-Up), ForYourArt, Los Angeles, Ca.
2011 ARTWERG- Very Strange Enchanted Boys
2010 Queeries Vol. 2, Renberg Theater, Los Angeles, Ca.
2008 Group Show #2, Guerilla Art Space, Los Angeles, Ca.
Group Show #1, Guerilla Art Space, Los Angeles, Ca.
Black Market Art Fair
Awards & Merits
*1st 2014 Showcase Winner - mixed media / ArtSlant
" Nobody puts baby in a box , 2014"
*Best of #ARTSETFREE showcase / Art Brookfield 25
*2nd 2014 Showcase Winner - mixed media / ArtSlant
" The Gods are laughing , 2014"
*4th 2014 Showcase Winner - mixed media / ArtSlant
" WHEN THE SEQUEL IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST , 2014"
*5th 2014 Showcase Winner - mixed media / ArtSlant
" Untitled.93.xo.2014, 2014 , 2014"
*6th 2014 Showcase Winner - mixed media / ArtSlant
" WeAreDj, 2014"
”Wilcox & Selma”, 2013 was featured in UNIQUE HOMES MAGAZINE online
2012 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #5 , edited by Darin Klein
2010 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves #2 , edited by Darin Klein
Last Planet Theatre, San Francisco, Ca.
A-1 Artist Collective, Knoxville, Tn.
*notable original members Wade Guyton & Kelley Walker