Shapeshifters - Human figures or asymmetrical utilitarian machines?

Lawrence Bailey (GB) masterfully captures the moment of transformation in his larger than life sculptures. Their protective armor not only conceals but simultaneously reveals the vulnerable muscular tissue emerging (mutating) under the surface. For his distorted and incapacitated human figures have shed their fleshy skin to reveal a new self created from the by products of a modern society.
The large Red Anatomical man (2005) is made from industrial plastic, which has been carefully cut into shape. The individual pieces were then assembled, screw by screw, to recreate a more than lifesize figure.
Hippo's In The Ij or Adventures in Geology?
The sculptural work of Lawrence Bailey takes the form of a collection of objects which suggest a scene from the long past is being (re)staged and played out. There is a sense of forms being dug up, uncovered or unearthed. It's almost as if the set of a National Geographic film has gone awry or as if someone has cut up the pages of a history book, jumbled up the cuttings and then rendered and staged the results in three dimensions to resemble some kind of pseudo scientific display. The lifelike quality of the arms and feet of this sculpture Adventures in Geology (2006) are so real that the viewer may be inclined to thinking the figure has come to life.
Temporal Lab I and II

The sculptural photographs in the series Temporal Lab (2001) by Lawrence Bailey mark the beginning of his quest to to find the equilibrium between the three dimensional world of objects and their two dimensional representation. These photographs are registrations of installations created in his studio. In a large 2 x 2 m2 pool of water, paint and oils are combined with objects which suggest a sort of primordial soup from which life emerges. The floating debris and reflections from windows and studio objects in the water reservoir create a sense of disorientation for the viewer.
Sjaak in het Groen (2008)

This half human - half plant sculpture is made from melted green plastic mats covered with plastic vegetation and seashells for eyes. Flowers have blossemed on his webbed feet, and foliage sprouts over his entire body, providing a protective cover from the outside world. This sculpture seems to explore the notion of man's desire to remain close to nature while continuing the evolutionary cycle.