A solo show of John Bailly’s large-scale oil paintings opens on April 30th, 2014 at the Center for Visual Communication in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Florida.
“John Bailly: The City” addresses how urban structure and cultural identities intertwine to form the unique spirit of a city. Bailly considers both the large contemporary metropolis and cities of the past with meticulous imagery that incorporates visual ideas from maps, streets, and buildings. The paintings in the exhibition represent several such cities including Troy, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Miami, and Paris. They invite one to make connections through the historical references the artist incorporates and project them to our own realm. The paintings in the exhibition include fourteen canvases ranging in size from seven to thirteen feet in width, as well smaller works on paper. Bailly’s paintings often incorporate multiple views of a single city to reflect the multiple voices and perceptions through the city’s history. The artist’s process involves creating obsessively accurate renderings of maps, devising mathematical formulas, and applying spontaneous swaths of paint.
Center for Visual Communication
541 NW 27th Street
Miami, FL 33127
April 30th – June 14th, 2014
Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm; Saturday, 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Blog post by:
Brian Paul Clamp, Director