Additional information and images â€“ Dan Bayles
Representing gallery and current exhibition details, New Ruins, December â€“January 2008
Working in both paint and collage, Dan Baylesâ€™ canvases create abstractions that encapsulate the dissonance, and excitement of a potential metropolitan landscape, echoing the work of Constant and Piranesi.
Comment on Baylesâ€™ first solo show at the Chung King Project - Los Angeles is cracking up. On the large canvases of painter Dan Bayles, whose first solo show in the city opens this December, the famously decentred metropolis is dismembered, and its building blocks - anything from the concrete lanes of freeways, to the paving slabs, porch lamps and swimming pools of the city's condos - variously cascade down the works' surfaces in lyrical swirls and tumbling maelstroms of heavy matter. In Bayles's paintings, the architectural environment explodes, rather than melts in the manner of Franz Ackermann.