MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA, is an anagram of “BAILEY ISLAND, MAINE,” where a tiny stretch of coastline is incessantly transformed by the interactions of fog, sun, and tides. When the tide goes out, a rocky field of seaweed is revealed. To walk across it is to traverse the ocean floorin the open air. It is a magical place, and for seven summers Austin artist Barry Stone watched his girls grow and change against this backdrop. Photographs put a feeble defense against the passage of time: the still image halts the waves from breaking, only to paradoxically heighten our awareness of their inevitable movement forward. 

These pictures were made with a digital camera. The code from the digital photographs also forms a kind of picture, expressed as a field of symbols. In this volume sections of code are sequenced alongside the photographic images they were extracted from. These symbols, like an anagram, can be rearranged and purposely disordered, resulting ingestural aberrations or glitches to create alternate versions of the original digital capture. 

This creates a picture book representing a fantasy of fatherhood, endless horizons, and malleable realities. 

Join MASS for a book signing with the artist. Come grab a beer! Check out the book! See the STAYCATION exhibit! Come hang out!

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.