Brooklyn-based artist Eve Bailey has equal backgrounds in metalworking, classical ballet, and Brazilian martial arts. Rather than cordoning those disparate elements off into separate pursuits, she synthesizes them all into one artistic vision: creating sculptures that are designed to interact with the human body, then choreographing dances that take place on and around her creations. Bailey’s latest piece, Entasis, which consists of three nine-foot-tall “totemic sculptures” made of water-based resin and fiberglass, is coming to this fall’s Dumbo Arts Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park. With the help of Kickstarter, Bailey hopes to host a dance performance at the totems every hour from 12 pm to 8pm on September 27 and 28.
“I create ergonomic sculptures that express the elegance of a gesture, a finite moment of equilibrium,” Bailey writes on the project’s Kickstarter page. “The sculptures stand on their own and the performances poetically reveal the process from which the objects are derived.” In addition to “poetically revealing” the artist’s process, Bailey’s work also provides a healthy dose of whimsy and surrealism–her past work includes Intuit, a performance staged at last year’s Dumbo Arts Festival that involved two dancers dialoguing across an enormous orange seesaw.