Madeleine Bailey


July 10 - August 20, 2015
Woman Made Gallery, 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015

With long historical significance, light has been the subject of artwork throughout a variety of cultures for centuries. Contemporary artists such as Maria Nordman, Uta Barth and Jennifer Steinkamp have created space for a mode of investigation that explores the physical traits and properties of light as medium, rendering an intersection between medicum and meaning, intellectual and emotional engagement. With the traditional use of light as allegroical subject matter in mediums ranging from painting and drawing to photography, light is often employed to construct visual metaphor and imbue meaning in a given work. This exhibition will focus on contemporary approaches and investigations into light in the broadest sense.

Exhibiting Artists: Madeleine Bailey, Emily Beck, Jessica Bingham, Kate Blomquist, Whitney Bradshaw, Maika Carter, Katie Clairborne, Elena Dahl, Jean Fernandes, Jessica Fu, Gina Hunt, Caitlyn Margaret Kelly, Anna Kunz, Lily Mayfield, Bobbi Meier, Mike Nudelman, Lorraine Peltz, Carly Ries, Julie Rozman, Cassandra Stadnicki, Allie Stone & Kristina Daignaut, Lauren Sudbrink, Eileen Rae Walsh, Julie Weber, Connie Wolfe

Curated by Karen Azarnia.

A Challenge to the Summer: BOLT Alumni Exhibition and Dialogue

May 29 - June 17, 2015
The Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL

Opening Reception: Friday, May 29, 2015

Participating artists: Madeleine Bailey, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Joseph G. Cruz, Azadeh Gholizadeh and Diana Torres, Norman W. Long, Christopher Ottinger, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Eric Wall, Stacia Yeapanis

Curated by Teresa Silva.

The Party's Over

February 7 – March 8, 2015
The Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE, Minneapolis, MN

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1 – 4 pm

This exhibition is a collaboration between The Soap Factory and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC).

The Party's Overis the culminating exhibition between the Chicago Artists Coalitions' BOLT Residency and The Soap Factory's resident artists, who partnered together in 2013 for the Midwest Artist Exchange, a yearly initiative that connects CAC's BOLT Residency with artistic communities in neighboring Midwest cities.

At its core, the initiative makes space for an exchange of knowledge and trends, to tap into the creative production within each community. Artists visit one another's cities to intimately experience the community through gallery talks, potlucks and behind the scenes tours. If the feeling is right and the artists are attracted to one another's honesty of thinking and aesthetics, they may agree to socially engage in the form of exhibitions. The Party's Over is one such exhibition. It completes the loop between the Chicago Artists Coalition and The Soap Factory and impresses upon us a mood of newness and possibility, as well as the question of "what's next?" for the artists.

The exhibition features new works in an expansive range of subject and media by Chicago artists Madeleine Bailey, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Adebukola Bodunrin, Joseph G. Cruz, Helen Maurene Cooper, Laura Davis, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Jennifer Mills, Christopher Ottinger and Stacia Yeapanis. The Party's Over looks at the artists' emotional and formal tendencies to use humor, repetition, the revenant and physical space to emanate a curiosity for what's ahead now that the party has come to an end.

Featured artists: Madeleine Bailey, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Adebukola Bodunrin, Joseph G. Cruz, Helen Maurene Cooper, Laura Davis, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Jennifer Mills, Christopher Ottinger and Stacia Yeapanis

Curated by Teresa Silva.

Saturated Landscape (in collaboration with Chicago Detours)

Azmuth Projects, 2704 N Whipple Street, Chicago, IL

Opening Reception: Saturday, Februrary 15, 2014

A special afternoon event of an art exhibition and tour in Logan Square on Saturday, February 15. This two-part experience, held at the Azimuth Projects apartment gallery from 2pm-5pm, combines an intimate exhibition of landscape-inspired works with a creative walking tour of the everyday landscape of the neighborhood. 

The exhibition features artists Peter Cardone and Madeleine Bailey. Cardone will exhibit pairs of large format photographs that show a two-part process of first photographing an overgrown lot, and then clearing the location for a second image. Bailey's new body of mixed media work has layered paper, photographs and paint to manipulate images into complex abstractions that capture subtle shifts in location and time.

Curated by Helen Maurene Cooper.


When the peaks of our sky come together, my house will have a roof

June 2 – June 23, 2013
Terrain, 704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1 – 4 pm

Whether large and yawning or closed and secretive, windows offer themselves up as architectural instruments to gaze onto a world. Capturing gesture and mark, landscape and light, “When the peaks of our sky come together…” utilizes Terrain’s street-facing windows to display dislocated and fragmented images of the sky. Through the transference of skies, the installation celebrates suggested shifts in location, space, and time.

Thirteen Ways

June 7 – June 26, 2013
The Chicago Artists Coalition, 704 Highland Ave, Oak Park, IL

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2013

Conceived out of an extended game of telephone between Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper, Thirteen Ways is composed of 13 large-scale photographic cylinders that explore the impermanence of the image through a collection of fractured narratives. With architectural insistence, their works invoke astrology and light, the found and the fabricated. Poetically flawed and playful, the installation highlights slippage within a dyadic relationship.

With catalogue essays by Regina Mamu and Syniva Whitney.


December 7, 2012 – January 3, 2013
Chicago Artists' Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL

Opening reception: December 7, 2012, 6 – 9pm

Preview brings together the 2012-13 BOLT Residents for their first and only all-group show at CAC. This exhibition presents early iterations of the artists’ works, offering viewers a glimpse of solo shows to come, beginning February 2013.

Starving Artist

Chicago Artists' Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL
Opening reception: October 6, 2012, 7 – 11pm

Starving Artist is Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s annual benefit that pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent. For this year’s event, Starving Artist will offer a high-energy and interactive evening where attendees will engage directly with the creative environment of unique art and food installations.

Featuring artisanal food installations by:
Vosges Haut-Chocolat in collaboration with Baccara Collective

White Noise Syndrome

July 5 – July 22, 2012
Electricity is Magic, Toronto, CA
Opening Reception: July 5, 2012, 8pm – 12am

White Noise Syndrome. Fungus, mistaken identities, bats, makeup, chrome. We at EiM are extremely excited to have three of our favourite artists transform our space alternatively into a cave and a playground for identity, space, and place. Karen Abel will be presenting her installation Hibernaculum, and Baccara (Helen Maurene Cooper and Madeleine Bailey) will be visiting us from Chicago to present a series of works that deal directly with the space and context of our uniquely home-y gallery.

2012 – 2013 Bolt Residency

Baccara Collaborative is excited to announce that we are part of the 2012 – 13 BOLT residency program at the Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC).

Running Room

June 23 – July 20, 2011
A+D Gallery Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Opening Reception: June 23, 2011, 5 – 8pm

Based on Karl Kraus's notion of allowing an idea, place, material, object enough wiggle room to change--encouraging an active détournement-- we allow others to experience the detourned phenomenon in a new way. If allowed running room, a sculpture can become a prop for performance, a film can be transformed by its very viewing, an artwork can become its audience and vice versa. Running Room at A+D Gallery will be a physical space for social interaction and a conceptual space for redefining the purpose of the "exhibition." Through Running Room, by way of four curated events and the construction of a large (and changeable) amphitheater, the exhibition space will be turned into an arena. Documentation of these events will then be brought back to the gallery, through photographs, video, and ephemera, physically activating the arena.

Featuring artists: Adam Farcus, Alexander Stewart, Erik Peterson, and Madeleine Bailey.

By the time the focus on we became they I was alone

Acre Projects, 1913 W 17th St, Chicago, IL
Opening reception: June 5, 5 – 8pm

Additional information available in Projects.

Delicious Mistake

June 2 – June 30, 2011
Intrigue Chocolate Co., 76 S Washington #M104, Seattle, WA
Opening reception: June 2, 2011, 6 – 8pm

Happy accidents, bittersweet romances, material absurdity and dreams gone hilarious. Chocolate truffles were invented by accident. The chef's original intent was to make pastry cream, but instead he invented ganache, a new creation that led to the invention of the delightful and unique chocolate truffle, like the ones made at Intrigue Chocolate Co. These artists explore the idea of ending up far from where they started but with delicious results. Curated by Syniva Whitney.

Featuring work by: Madeleine Bailey, Young Cho, Alison Rhoades, Shey O. Ruud, Sayward Schoonmaker, and Synvia Whitney

Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane!

July 17, 2010 – August 15, 2010
The Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago, IL
Opening reception and pool party: July 17, 2010, 6 – 10pm
Poolside performances with Academy Records and others will begin promptly at 7:30 pm

Lauren Weinberg, Stay In Your Lane!, Time Out Chicago / Issue 284 : Aug 5–11, 2010
Thea Liberty Nichols, Stay In your Lane!, Artslant, August 2, 2010

Twelve Galleries Project presents Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane! Katherine Pill curates the work of artists Madeleine Bailey, Samantha Bittman and Matt Nichols. Anthony Elms curates the work of artists Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, Shane Huffman, Erin Leland, Matthew Metzger, Sonny Venice and Philip von Zweck. Philip von Zweck curates sub-curators Christina Cosio, Stevie Greco and David Roman. Christina Cosio curates the work of artist Erik Peterson. Stevie Greco curates the work of artists Jason Bryant, Todd Mattei and Caroline Picard. David Roman curates the collaborative work of artists Matt Irie and Dominick Talvacchio.

Hiding Space for Two

4801 S Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
Opening reception: March 14, 2010, 4 – 7pm

Jeriah Wildwine, "Madeleine Bailey at Artists and Residents," Chicago Art Magazine, 3 March 2010.

Site specific installations by Madeleine Bailey.

shared body

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL
Performance event: November 9, 2009, 6 – 9pm

Site Unseen 2009: (dis)abling conditions, a group show curated by Julie Laffin. Featuring "shared body," a collaboration between Marissa Perel and Madeleine Bailey. Sculptural installation by Madeleine Bailey; movement by Marissa Perel; and performed by Marissa Perel, Adam Rose and Georgia Wall.

False Starts and Close Calls

October 4 – 25, 2009
Julius Caesar, 3311 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL
Opening reception: October 4, 2009, 4 – 7pm

Additional information available in the Projects.

No More Worlds

September 12 – October 10, 2009
Concertina Gallery, 2351 N Milwaukee Ave 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Opening reception: September 12, 2009, 7 – 10pm

Following an investigative curatorial model, Concertina Gallery’s first exhibition inquires into the simple yet seldom insignificant gesture: the greeting. Although an invitation can take shape in a myriad of forms, the works in No More Worlds invite viewers to enter – through tactile engagement or with the aid of imagination – captivating yet unsettling environments. Featuring artists who use a variety of mediums, No More Worlds showcases works that deftly combine the fantastical and mysterious with elements of the everyday, reminding us that even our wildest ideas of new worlds are anchored in and mediated by our own experiences of reality. Reveling in the unknown surprises of the grotesque or the extraordinary sensuous qualities of the idyll, the impossible tableaux constructed by these artists hover between real and imagined worlds. These liminal environments give way to partially obscured narratives, both enchanting and monstrous.

Although pleasure can be found in the imagining of new worlds, these works make vivid the fact that there is no escaping our own. Unable to get away from our experience of reality, we don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror, and we shouldn’t underestimate the delight of finding the fantastical in the everyday.

Featuring work by: Madeleine Bailey, Mark Hensel, Racer LeVan, Alex McLeod, Jesse Mott, Shana Moulton, and Luke Painter