View of “Dave Hullfish Bailey,” 2018. Photo: Brica Wilcox.

Dave Hullfish Bailey

Gallery at REDCAT

View of “Dave Hullfish Bailey,” 2018. Photo: Brica Wilcox.

Our occupancy of the natural environment leaves behind traces over time, records etched upon the surface of the earth that can be followed downward, geologically, through layers of sedimentation. In his recent exhibition, “Hardscrabble,” at the REDCAT, Dave Hullfish Bailey reflected on four sites within the western American landscape that bear a particularly vexed and complex relation to matters of human usage: the Purgatoire River drainage in southern Colorado, former setting of Drop City, a hippie commune housed in geodesic domes; a nearby square mile of land in Huerfano County, government earmarked for purposes of public education; the ad hoc library in Slab City, an extant squatter’s community built on the foundations of a decommissioned army base in Imperial County, California; and the Nebraska Sandhills, which fell into the “path of totality” during the total solar eclipse

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