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BRIAN DAILEY

November 3 – January 12th, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 3, 6 – 8 p.m.


Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is extremely proud to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by Brian Dailey. This will be the artist’s second show in the gallery, following his acclaimed America in Color exhibition in 2012.

This exhibition features two new series of photographs, entitled Tableau Vivant and Project Morpheus. In both of these projects the artist manipulates the photographic medium to create thought-provoking images that engage the viewer on multiple levels.

The Tableau Vivantseries was produced in a studio environment using stage design, props and actors. It reflects the inspiration Dailey draws from old masters such as Caravaggio, Vermeer and Goya. The artist employs theatrical lighting and composite imagery to create complex scenes - critical comments on contemporary social and political themes. Carefully staged, the narrative in the compositions is elucidated not only through the actors’ pose and gesture but also through embedded symbolism that reveals Dailey’s ongoing interest in ciphers, mythology and deception. The photographs depict members of all social classes, revealing societal hierarchies and the current landscape of political and institutional structures and privileges.

The Project Morpheus series is an autobiographical project revolving around dreams. Dreams have been recorded since humans could write or draw. Civilizations have assigned a range of reasons and meanings for dreams since their earliest beginnings. In modern times, dreams have been viewed as windows into the unconscious exposing fears, desires, and providing a source for psychoanalysis. In contemporary terms, dream research has taken on a more pronounced scientific dimension. However, despite thousands of years of speculation and study, little is really known about the purpose of dreams and, more importantly, what they mean. Undeterred by the uncertainty of dream interpretation, artists have used dreams as inspiration in their work for centuries, exploring altered realities and/or unconscious states as a way to unlock creativity. In Project Morpheus, Dailey leverages dreams as a way to understand the state of “being and time” or individual ontological questions. The works capture the artist’s dreams through surreal and often dramatic settings, actions and gestures, delivering visually fascinating, enigmatic compositions charged with layers of meanings.

Brian Dailey received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Design from Otis Art Institute, LA, in 1975. During the 1970s, he worked and exhibited in Los Angeles including performance art pieces at the Roger Wong Gallery and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. In November 1977 “Vice”--his last performance work of that period--was staged at LAICA and featured in the art magazine High Performance. Beginning in 1980, Brian became involved in government policymaking and corporate management. He returned to art full time in 2008, maintaining his studio in Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. His work uses various media including the photographic process, digital film, installation and painting. Recently, Dailey exhibited at I-20 Gallery, New York (2011) and The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013). He lives in Washington, D.C.




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BRIAN DAILEY: America in Color
October 17th - November 18th, 2012
Opening October 17th 6 - 9pm

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is thrilled to present a solo exhibition by the DC-based artist Brian Dailey. This will be Dailey's first solo show in New York City. The exhibition is curated by Simon Watson.

The "America in Color" series originated two years ago with the objective to capture individual portraits of the American electorate, including those with no interest in politics or voting. The project explores the intersection of American politics, the individual character, and the role of perception in how we view and understand the vital components that shape the political process. Over the past 9 months, Dailey has traveled throughout the United States organizing impromptu photo-shoots in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, New York and rural Virginia as well as the urban and rural Southern, mid-West, Western, and Northeast states.

The portraits allow individuals to define themselves and express their own identities within a relaxed setting devoid of the highly charged atmosphere often associated with political debates. Each individual is asked to pose in front of a color background that represents their political affiliation: blue for Democrat, red for Republican, grey for Independent, green for the Green Party, and yellow if they don’t vote or participate in the political process. Subjects are asked to strike a pose that best represents their character or identity.

These individual portraits are then arranged on a series of 4’ x 8’ panels comprised of four vertical by 11 horizontal images, totaling 44 images on each panel. The result is a vibrant tapestry of colors: a tribute to the regional diversity and character of the American electorate during a polarized national election. The exhibition will also feature a selection of individual portraits as well as a digital loop comprising more than 1000 portraits shot by the artist in over 25 states. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the upcoming 2012 election.



Brian Dailey received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Design from Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles) in 1975. During the 1970s, he worked and exhibited in LA including performance art pieces at the Roger Wong Gallery and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. In November 1977 “Vice”--his last performance work of that period--was staged at LAICA and featured in the art magazine High Performance. Beginning in 1980, Brian became involved in government policymaking and corporate management. He returned to art full time in 2008, and maintains studios in Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. His work uses various media including the photographic process, digital film, and oil on canvas. Brian Dailey's "America in Color" has been developed over the past two years through dozens of one-day photo shoots including in galleries such as Rhona Hoffman (Chicago); Honor Fraser (Los Angeles); and I-20 (Chelsea).

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Village Voice Voice Choice
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PR Web "Color-Coding the 2012 American Electorate"
SF Gate "Color-Coding the 2012 American Electorate"