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Opening Reception: Friday, June 22 / 6 to 9 PM

Solomon Projects is pleased to present Returnal, a dynamic collaboration between Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey, LA-based choreographer Fatima Robinson and Brooklyn-based musician Marc Anthony Thompson. These three artists will synthesize their artistic practices and points of view in a multi-media installation, inspired by their recent journey together to Africa with the support of the National Black Arts Festival. The exhibition will be on view from June 22 - July 28, 2007 with an opening reception with the artists present on Friday, June 22nd from 6-9 PM.

Returnal continues Bailey's exploration of African and African-American themes within the larger context of travel and discovery. A major assemblage sculpture, collaged works on paper, altered vintage photographs, video projection and sound will be featured in this site-specific installation. The elements composing the installation are based on "The Door of No Return" on Gorée Island in Senegal, where an estimated 20 million Africans passed between mid-1500s to mid-1800s during the African slave trade. Returnal is presented in association with the National Black Arts Festival and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries.

Bailey has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL (2006); Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN (2005); New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (2004); The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN (2003); Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX (2002); Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA; and The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL (traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO) (2001). Among his many group exhibitions are Pitching (with Alejandro Aguilera) at Emory University Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2007); Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2006); The Whole World is Rotten, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (2006); Common Ground, Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC (2004); and Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Aikulapo-Kuti, The New Museum, New York, NY (traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA) (2003-04). His work may be found in numerous important public and private collections, notably: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Radcliffe Bailey lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Radcliffe Bailey, Fatima Robinson, Marc Anthony Thompson