VACATION - an online exhibition at GBS Fine Art

August 5th - September 4th 2023 - ONLINE ONLY

As August comes around, many of us will be heading off to that special place we return to year after year; while others, more in a spirit of adventure, prefer to discover and immerse themselves in new places, new environments in the effort to recharge before the return to school, jobs, life in September.

With that in mind, we present our first on-line exhibition for you to peruse, wherever you may be. Inspired by Rita Dove’s lovely poem, Vacation, we curated the show to share some perspectives on travel, journeys and the landscape by a variety of artists in a variety of media. While there is no intrinsic theme, all of them (some perhaps more than others!) reflect our migratory habits at this time of year.

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2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the first exhibition mounted of Bailey’s seminal series, 2 Willow Road.

With her images of the edges of books to be found in the library of the celebrated modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger and his wife, the artist Ursula Blackwell, at the eponymous house he designed, 2 Willow Road in Hampstead (held by the National Trust since his death in 1991), Bailey provides an alternate, delineated portrait of two driven individuals with interconnecting careers in architecture and the visual arts. The relationship was in no small part founded upon absorbing, challenging and liberating ideas from disciplines ranging from anthropology to literature, politics and sociology and these books both inadvertently serve as a reflection of the social and aesthetic values of their milieu while manifesting a contemporary formal abstraction that transcends period. 2 Willow Road won the Jerwood Photography Award for 2003.

Crimson Ramblers of the World, Farewell
Jessamyn West, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc., New York 1970, 2003
Framed Archival C-type print (Artglass AR/UV)
33 1/10 × 23 2/5 in | 84.1 × 59.4 × 0.1 cm
Frame included
Edition of 5

All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2024.