As an exhibition space associated with a college art department, WVC’s MAC Gallery strives to provide educational experiences, showcasing high-quality art by faculty, students, and invited professional artists. In this environment, artists have license to be experimental and free of expectations of continuity, and they are encouraged to challenge themselves and traditional notions about how a gallery can be used.
In that spirit, WVC Art Department Director Scott Bailey creates an installation that communicates his artistic interests in an entirely new way. Known primarily as a painter, Bailey has long created landscape inspired works that have also included sculpture, video, animation, and installation. He finds himself continually searching for visceral expressions of the challenge to remain fully human in a world simultaneously augmented and corrupted by technology.
While most of his works are labor intensive and meticulous, Instant Landscape tries to achieve the greatest effect from the most minimal possible gesture. The installation uses an extraordinarily low-tech process to bring about a complex environment with a digital aesthetic. It is a more conceptual piece, but no less serious about exploring one’s relationship to the landscape—be it real or virtual. Here, Bailey seeks to reclaim the landscape from the contemporary digital gaze by attempting to poetically challenge it.