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Dave Hullfish Bailey

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Dave Hullfish Bailey’s latest exhibition looked like a backyard science experiment. Jury-rigged workstations loosely structured the space into three separate areas: one for reading and informational display, another with small science-fair-type geological experiments in water flow and delta formation, and a third in which seedlings of the desert paloverde tree grew beneath fluorescent bulbs. Pieces of raw lumber, plastic ties, extension cords, clamps, pipes, motors, buckets, coffee cans, milk crates, Legos, Xeroxes, old books, saw horses, and a ladder lying on its side made up Bailey’s utilitarian environment, which privileged low-budget resourcefulness and DIY functionality.

The artist’s structures speak a Home Depot material vernacular with ad hoc spontaneity, prizing fragile construction and precarious balance over the smug security of sturdiness. His preference for temporary configurations

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