RUBBER MONSTER MASKS- 1966

The series of rubber latex masks begins in 1965 with the Mutant Monsters. The mutants are sometimes bald or wart-covered; furry and snaggle-toothed, with chin-testicles. They come from the imaginary "other world" of Clayton Bailey. The smell of rubber when wearing them, is said to make you "high". These masks are designed as things for play, to wear, and to have fun. Five year old Kurt Bailey jumps from the bushes and ambles around the neighborhood in a rubber mask that hangs down to his ankles. Whitewater State College students are sometimes surprized by monsters lurking in the bushes near the Art Building. The masks offer the wearer an opportunity for spontaneous fun and merrymaking while wearing a uniquely scary mask.

MUTANT MASK WITH EVIL EYE- 1966

rubber latex, acrylic paint

24" X 24" X 24"

MOTORCYCLE GANG- 1966

The long haired, handlebar mustachioed Professor Bailey is often seen riding his motorcycle around the W.S.U.- Whitewater campus. Sometimes he rides with a group of 5 or 6 long-haired art students. Local residents begin to wonder if there's a gang of Hell's Angels up at the college. This rumor prompts Bailey to make life-size rubber masks depicting a fictional chapter of an Outlaw Motorcycle Club. He makes 20 Outlaw Masks that sport the emblem of the Whitewater M.C. and he displays them in the Faculty Art Exhibition at the University in 1966.

OUTLAW MASK- 1966

Latex rubber, acrylic paint

18" X 24" X 30"

HOW THEY'RE MADE:

To make the masks, a life-size clay figure is built. Using a large syringe, the liquid latex is squirted onto the wet clay model, and the excess runs off into a tub. After drying for a few days, the latex skin is peeled off the clay like a rubber glove, and then it is painted inside with acrylic colors. More than one mask can be cast from the same clay model, and the model can be altered after each casting.

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