Video and performance artist Jeremy Bailey’s work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies. Bailey, who works primarily in electronic media, has been described by Filmmaker magazine as “a one-man revolution on the way we use video, computers and our bodies to create art.” His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally. He is also co-founder of 640 480 Video Collective, an award-winning international collective of sculpture and video artists who create conceptual interdisciplinary new-media projects.
The portraits in Bailey’s “Important Portrait” series are each based on a particular historical portrait that has been updated and embellished using augmented-reality appendages and flourishes. Each portrait was commissioned through the site Kickstarter and based on the traditional artist/patron model, according to the amount each Kickstarter donor paid into the project, they received a certain degree of time or attention from Bailey in selecting the historical piece that would be referred to in their augmented-reality portrait.