William Bailey: Constructed Hallucinations

William Bailey, Empty Stage II, 2012 (courtesy Betty Cuningham Gallery)
William Bailey, Empty Stage II, 2012 (courtesy Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Donald Kuspit reviews the exhibition William Bailey at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, on view through May 12, 2012.

Kuspit writes that Bailey's "objects [are] distilled to their timeless essence, suggesting that they are sort of hallucinatory things in themselves -- Platonically pure ideas that Bailey has hallucinated, projections of his imaginative mind's eye, and as such unreal, or rather irreal, for they hover between reality and unreality."