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Important Self Portrait, 2013, C print, 42”x58”

Important Portraits

April 4–May 4, 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 4, 6-9 pm

“Famous new media artist Jeremy Bailey, as he refers to himself, never does things the regular way. While most artists dealing with augmented reality prefer to maintain a bit of mystique, Bailey’s centerpiece is his ultra-optimistic personality, dressed up with virtual objects that perform a number of different roles.” The Creators Project 

“Google co-founder Sergey Brin was recently photographed riding the NYC subway sporting a stealthy head-to-toe black outfit and a prototype pair of Google Glass eyewear. There has been some speculation that this man in black represents the future of augmented reality (AR), but that commentary is incorrect. The future of AR wears white. The future of AR is Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey…” CREATIVE APPLICATIONS NETWORK 

The portrait has existed as an art tradition for centuries. A well-executed portrait expresses the inner essence of a person. Portraits have primarily memorialized the rich and the powerful as important records of status. For artists they have represented subsistence as paid commissions and an opportunity to demonstrate the latest techniques and technologies for artistic expression.


For this exhibition, Bailey is revealing the true inner essence of some of the backers of a successful KickStarter campaign he ran in February with their very own 21st century augmented reality portrait. “As a Famous New Media Artist I have access to the latest techniques and technology, everything necessary for you to truly express yourself is at my fingertips. I’ve been making myself look amazing in augmented reality self portraits for over 10 years and I’ve decided it’s time to help others look as great as I do.” Bailey.

Bailey’s selected recent exhibitions and performances include Life Feed: New Works by Jeremy Bailey and Antoine Catala, at the New Museum in New York, The Future is Now, Media Arts, Performance and Identity after Nam June Paik, at Tate Liverpool and Myths-Online, at MOSAIC, Polytechnic Museum Moscow, Russia. In April he will be included in Rhizome’s SEVEN ON SEVEN conference (April 20, 2013) at the New Museum in New York alongside top international artists and technologists

Bailey has been extensively exhibiting and performing, since 2003, nationally and internationally. Including: Dadamachinima, Devotion Gallery, (New York, USA), Domain, ZER01 San Jose Biennial, (San Jose, USA), BWNY, Albright Knox, (Buffalo, USA), Colours of the Spectrum Art Metropole (Toronto, ON), Space Invaders, NIMk, (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The Jeremy Bailey Show, HTTP Gallery (London, UK) , Festival International du Film sur lʼArt - Musee d’Art Contemporain (Montreal, QC), Definitely Independent, Transmediale, Akademie der Kuenste (Berlin, Germany) and many more.

Born in 1979 Bailey received his MFA in Video Art from Syracuse University (2006) and an undergraduate degree in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto(2002). He is co-founder of award winning artist video collective 640 480 and performance journalism collective ArtStars*. He has been described by Filmmaker Magazine as “a one man revolution on the way we use video, computers and our bodies to create art”.

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