The pieces are initially composed digitally using a variety of original photographs, videos, and online images. The goal is to use the familiar and beautiful to draw the viewer into a conversation about finding balance and joy within the chaos of modern life. Migrating birds, isolated figures, clouds, and waves are used as visual language.
The digital composition is used as source material for the painting, which typically includes an underpainting and numerous layers of detail. Often there are two or three completely different paintings under the final image, creating rich texture and atmosphere.
When the painting is close to complete, it’s moved to the projector wall where Baily begins to create the motion element using video-editing software and casting it on the piece, both to provide additional texture and convey the passage of time. He then paints overtop the projection to bring the two components together into a cohesive finished product.
Installation was one of the primary challenges of this process. There are significant technical barriers to installing a video that can loop indefinitely and also be flexibly positioned on the wall. To that end, I coded a custom application that enables one to adjust the size, position, perspective, and rotation, and then seamlessly loop the video — which allows the work to remain on display uninterrupted for the duration of a month-long show.
For permanent installation, the painting, projector and a micro-computer are installed, along with a portable keyboard and trackpad. This enables the collector to leave the projector off day-to-day to enjoy the raw painting and turn it on for the full experience.