Sep 5, 2014
" My work is concerned with the visceral and the sensual. It draws upon anatomical drawing and botanical illustration, but occupies a liminal territory between scientific enquiry and the subjective, imaginary body. My recent work investigates the relationship between innocence, consumption and desire. In each piece, a sculpted animal is cut, manipulated and refigured. These interventions result in outbursts of colour and texture, twisting the material or "flesh" of the sculpture into forms resembling flowers or fruit. The object assumes a two-fold meaning; a split or double identity. From one angle the viewer sees a bouquet of roses, from another the head of a slaughtered calf. These interventions can be read as the expression of an impulse to "dress" or prettify, or as the breaking through or breaking out of an irrational, subconscious or chaotic element, like a wound or disease. My treatment of my subject, whether viewed as butchery or beautification, creates an undercurrent of disturbance in the work. Drawing on the traditions of vanitas and still life, my work explores the contradiction inherent in the "nature morte", in which transient everyday objects - bread, meat, flowers, fruit - are immortalised and elevated by the processes of art. Petals on the point of turning brown and dropping, fruit so ripe that it is just on the verge of rotting; captured and petrified, like a stuffed animal or a frozen bouquet. Art as a kind of pickling, s howing death and obscuring it - all at once. Using materials manipulated to resemble food- meat and marzipan, sugar and butter, offal and chocolate - the work explores ideas around pleasure and consumption, both visual and oral." - Rebecca Stevenson
Sep 4, 2014
Johnny Andrew Gigliotti Bailik
was born in the same steel town as the late Andy Warhol; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1989 he studied privately at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts and in 1992 he moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area to attend the Nationally Accredited Bliss Hall School of Fine and Performing Arts. In 1994 Bailik organized with other fellow art students an Anti-Censorship exhibition which featured a lecture by Andres Serrano, most known for his photograph entitled “Piss Christ”, as well as a speech by Dennis Barrie, who was the director of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati during the infamous Robert Mapplethorpe obscenity trial. In 1996 Bailik helped to organize a regionally legendary show entitled “Spectacle”, a multi-media, collaborative, outdoor performance that contained everything from static art to interactive sculpture to extravagant performance art. Bailik’s travels and life as an artist has also made it possible for him to meet such artists as Paul Jenkins, Dennis Oppenheim, Julian Schnabel, Ed Moses, Mark DiSuvero, Dennis Hopper, and Robert Rauschenberg to name a few, as well as to work with artists of varying degrees and aesthetics. Since 1991 Bailik’s work has been primarily painting, but has also included sculpture, video, and installations. It has been displayed internationally in contemporary and modern museums, commercial galleries, and private collections. He has also won awards and grants in multi-media, video installation, and painting. Bailik moved to Los Angeles, California at the end of 1999. He states, “I have been profoundly affected by the ‘City of Angels’. The energy, spirituality, diversity, the eclecticism of the culture and the land has altered my work dramatically. It is a beautiful time and place to explore.” Johnny Bailik continues to live and work in his Los Angeles, CA studio.