ARTS & CULTURE
01/17/2011 03:07 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dan Bayles' Paintings, A Comment On America's Foreign Policy

WHO: Dan Bayles

WHAT: CONTRACT-W914NS-04-D-0009

WHEN: December 18 - February 5 2011

WHERE: François Ghebaly Gallery
2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA

WHY:

Each painting in Contract-W914NS-04-D-0009 is based off of a specific inspection photo used by the building inspector to ultimately terminate the building contract from the Parsons Corporation (Pasadena) due to faulty workmanship. Left half built and unused, the prison can be seen as one of many costly Iraqi reconstruction failures by the United States. If there is success to be found in the project, however, it is to see the empty shell in the desert as an unintentional sculpture or earthwork, which in its failure accurately portrays America's foreign policy and expansionist endeavors. Its physical space left as is can function as a true monument, one which is proposed, commemorated, and preserved through the paintings acknowledgment of the original sites existence and potential.

(From: François Ghebaly Gallery)

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