Stuart Bailes

British, born 1985

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Stuart Bailes

British, born 1985

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In his distinct photography, Stuart Bailes captures geometric shapes and forms against dark or white backdrops, accentuated with studio lighting. His striking, abstract images—of a sharply edged dark shape, casting a defined shadow, for example, or sheets of black acetate seemingly suspended in space—possess an eerie, almost paranormal quality, and draw on the history of minimalism, as well as probing the nature of image production. “What is being asked here is a question about history: a past, present, and future image of how things might appear, how we interpret and negotiate these things, and why we give them meaning,” Bailes explains.

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In his distinct photography, Stuart Bailes captures geometric shapes and forms against dark or white backdrops, accentuated with studio lighting. His striking, abstract images—of a sharply edged dark shape, casting a defined shadow, for example, or sheets of black acetate seemingly suspended in space—possess an eerie, almost paranormal quality, and draw on the history of minimalism, as well as probing the nature of image production. “What is being asked here is a question about history: a past, present, and future image of how things might appear, how we interpret and negotiate these things, and why we give them meaning,” Bailes explains.