French-born artist Eve Bailey lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has formed a practice based on the concepts of balance and coordination. Rooted in the tradition of the artist-engineer, her work lives at the intersection of sculpture, performance, dance, architecture, and design, addressing themes of motion. Bailey’s work has been commissioned for the public realm, and exhibited in galleries and museums in France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Russia, and across the US.
Could one succeed in rising the level of awareness by sharpening one’s perception rather than repeating the vapid catchphrase, “raising awareness,” which has been coopted by an ever-growing money-raising industry that fails to improve our circumstances in a substantive way? Wearing a cocktail dress, Bailey will assemble a large kinetic structure made of wooden beams and ladders in front of the audience. She will then walk and balance on the twenty-foot wide structure at eight feet off the floor. Bailey’s sculpture-performances speak of risk-taking and express finite moments of equilibrium that relate to our environment and our human condition. Rising Awareness addresses the artist’ s ongoing preoccupations about the physicality of experience, inhabiting the body, proprioception as the possible strongest sense of self, how spatial awareness correlates with overall awareness and self-awareness, how physicality enhances creativity, finding balance between gravity and groundlessness, a concept of happiness as the fullest expression of one’s particular cognitive potential, pushing boundaries, and the current irreverent politics of liability.
Time: 8:55 pm
Location: Cultural Services of the French Embassy / Marble Room