John Bailly’s mixed-media works arise out of a collaboration with Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco. As a press release from his gallery Clampart explains, Bailly combines “maps of various cities, figurative elements, random images, and hand-drawn text that are visual responses to Blanco’s poems. The collaboration between Bailly and Blanco explores the traditional parameters of the text-to-image relationship. Rather than having text describe image or image illustrate text, Bailly’s artworks and Blanco’s poems juxtapose each other in an indirect manner. Often subtle, sometimes vague, and rarely obvious, the relationship between the paintings and poems are for the audience to deduce.”
Artist: John Bailly
Place of Mind runs through April 6, 2013 at ClampArt in New York.