Virginie Bailly

FreeSpace 2003

Virginie Bailly worked together with Fanny Zaman in FLAC© on a two-part installation for the Point de Vue project. The first installation is based on an impressive scaling-up of a geographical plan in which the slag-heaps are pictured opposite one another. It is an individual view of this landscape, a way of obtaining an overview and portraying the experience. In addition to this, a study is made of how broadly the meanings and connotations of a space can extend. At the same time work was done on the other part of the installation outside: a monumental construction which changes or tests our experience of the real landscape. The construction is conceived so that it shows the walker cross-sections and distant views in the landscape which can intensify our experience of space. Showing with subtle distinctions such components such as inside-outside, high-low and distance-depth, makes visible an experience of space both as a whole and as something differentiated. - Tom De Bock


FreeSpace 2005

Virginie Bailly (1976) studied painting but in her work she also explores other media such as video and installation art on the basis of a pictorial approach. A constant element here is her interest in the patterns and structures she finds in the tissue of both the natural and urban worlds.

The structures first appear in paintings balancing between the abstract and the figurative. Bailly's almost obsessive interest in architectural constructions has resulted in several large-scale installations which she generally develops together with other artists. Using simple materials such as metal scaffolding and wooden planks she causes our familiar experience of space and the way we look at things to falter.

For the Artuatuca project in Tongeren the artist designed a closed staircase construction that took you from the old Roman town wall to below ground level. The descent into the dark passage with its black painted walls is somewhat oppressive but at the same time your eye, which looks through a narrow cut-out in the ceiling, is focused on a fragment of the vast landscape. The installation was entitled 'Zeezicht' after an old legend according to which the inhabitants of Tongeren believed that the sea began on the other side of the ramparts. The work shows many similarities to the monument designed by Dani Karavan for Walter Benjamin in the Spanish coastal town of Port-Bou. There, the iron stairwell really does lead out to the sea. This is merely a coincidence, as Bailly had never heard of this monument when she made 'Zeezicht'.

In her video work too, Virginie Bailly focuses our eye on minimal shapes without any question of minimalism or formalism. In the 'Onder kunstenaars en organisaties' exhibition she presented two video projections which entered into a dialogue with the work of Paul Casaer. 'Zink' registered the slow movements of two people on the beach. Through the thick early morning mist they were reduced to two black dots in a sea of grey tones. In 'Lood' a shaky camera moves through an orchard. White blossom whirls across the screen like pure flecks of light on a green background, balancing between sensations of space and the twodimensionality of the pictorial surface. - Peter Pollers


13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
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