Bailin Studio

He left a paper trail...
THE ERASING • Boswell Morout Gallery
13 May - 27 May 2017
Teacup [detail] • 2017 • Charcoal, Pastel, Colored Pencil & Coffee on Prepared Paper
I have never thought much about memory and personality, never considered the role memory plays in personality and the preservation and continuity of that personality in lived space. As an artist who is now witnessing the shattering of my father's personhood through the shattering of his memory, the question is, how to convey this devastating personal, human, experience without relying on visual clichés.
 
My failed drawings, with their layers of partially rendered scenes and gestures, gave me my visual and technical cues for this work. The frustration of trying to define what was not yet formed yet was intimated by what went earlier, the back-and-forth process of drawing in and erasing out, having an idea or image revealing itself one minute only to fall back into obscurity the next, mimics what I see happening to my father in his heroic effort to recognize in the moment his own personal narrative and memories.
Boswell Morout Gallery
Exhibition Opening • May 13 from 6-9pm
Artist Talk: May 13, 7pm
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MAY 13

The Erasing Exhibition Opening Location: Boswell Mourot Gallery
When: 6 PM - 9 PM

05/13/2017 06:00 PM 05/13/2017 9:00 PM America/Chicago Opening Reception Reception 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd • Little Rock, AR 72203 Boswell Mourot Galleryr kylebos63@hotmail.com false MM/DD/YYYY
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 11am - 5pm. | Sunday: 11am - 5pm.
9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, Little Rock, AR 72203
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THE 59th Annual Delta Exhibition • The Arkansas Arts Center
9 June - 27 August 2017
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Halloween [detail] • 2016 • Charcoal, Pastel, Colored Pencil & Coffee on Prepared Paper
David Bailin did it again.
The Little Rock artist is among the 39 Arkansas artists chosen for the 59th annual Delta Exhibition…Bailin has been a formidable presence in the Delta Exhibition since his first work was accepted in 1986. He won an honorable mention the next year, and the first of his three Grand Awards, the exhibition's top award, in 1988 for a charcoal and oil on canvas work, Anticipated Exile. …He also won in 1998 for Cain, charcoal on paper, and in 2015 for a charcoal, oil, pastel and coffee work titled Slippage.
Bailin won a Delta award in 2016 for his charcoal, pastel and coffee on prepared paper work lamp and also won Delta Awards in 1994, 1996, and 2012.

Ellis Wildner, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Sunday, April 9, 2017, ppB1,B8

The Arkansas Arts Center
Exhibition Opening • June 8 from 5-8pm
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JUN 8

The 59th Annual Delta Exhibition Opening Location: The Arkansas Arts Center
When: 5 PM - 8 PM

06/08/2017 05:00 PM 06/08/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Opening Reception Reception for Members Only 9th & Commerce • Little Rock, AR 72203 The Arkansas Arts Center Organizer e-mail false MM/DD/YYYY
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INTERNATIONAL DRAWING ANNUAL 11 EXHIBITION-IN-PRINT
Spring 2017
PILLOW Drawing
RED TIE drawing
PILLOW • 2015 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper
RED TIE • 2015 • Charcoal, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper
Manifest received 1907 submissions from 593 artists from all across the U.S. and the world. The publication will include 120 works by 81 artists.

Eleven professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, and art history juried this 11th International Drawing Annual. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score will be included in this publication. After the publication is produced and released to the public (by early-2017) this Online Supplemental Resource will provide biographical info, artist statements, and details of sample works for each artist included in the publication
THE ERASING • UA-FS WINGATE ART & DESIGN GALLERY
December 2017 - January 2018
Passover [detail], 2017
PASSOVER • 2017 • Charcoal, Pastel, Colored Pencil & Coffee on Prepared Paper
I have never thought much about memory and personality, never considered the role memory plays in personality and the preservation and continuity of that personality in lived space. As an artist who is now witnessing the shattering of my father's personhood through the shattering of his memory, the question is, how to convey this devastating personal, human, experience without relying on visual clichés.
 
My failed drawings, with their layers of partially rendered scenes and gestures, gave me my visual and technical cues for this work. The frustration of trying to define what was not yet formed yet was intimated by what went earlier, the back-and-forth process of drawing in and erasing out, having an idea or image revealing itself one minute only to fall back into obscurity the next, mimics what I see happening to my father in his heroic effort to recognize in the moment his own personal narrative and memories.
Exhibition Opening To Be Announced
Wingate Art & Design Gallery • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
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DEC 8

The Erasing Exhibition Opening Location: Wingate Gallery
When: 5 PM - 8 PM

12/08/2017 05:00 PM 12/08/2017 8:00 PM America/Chicago Opening Reception Reception and Artist Talk 5210 Grand Avenue •Fort Smith, AR 72913 College of CLASS don.lee@uafs.edu false MM/DD/YYYY
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10am - 4pm.
5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913
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The Anxiety of Style
I just found some photographs of paintings I created in college. It reminded me of how artists come to develop a style. Students use negation and hybridization as a method to come to grips with the anxiety of creating something new and personal. Negation is the easiest way to create a semblance of uniqueness. Take the current practice and do everything opposite. I am reminded of Mannerist artists during the 16th century, who in the face of the great masters of the Renaissance, produced work that turned the rational approach of their mentors upside down (perspective, local color, rational composition, etc.). For me, it was playing with color field painting and gesture painting.

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Field Painting, oil & shoes on canvas, 6' x 6', 1974

Another way that the anxiety of style is handled in student work is through synthesis and hybridization. In the painting on the right, I combined the rough edged matte-knife strokes of Clifford Still with the lyrical abstract paintings of Philip Guston. The anxiety is apparent in the scratchy, nervous and agitated painting surface created by using my fingers to apply the paint and made all the more so by deliberately and self-consciously dumbing down the subject matter into child-like diagrammatic imagery.

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First Meeting, oil on canvas, 6' x 9', 1976

Whether the work was successful, it does contain my subsequent interest in humor and narrative (see my early work here). But style can't be forced even by the most competitive art student. And with what style mature artists end up can't be justified or avoided. To paraphrase the rhetorical and wonderfully post-modernist riddle posed by that old Blackglama ad campaign: What becomes a style most? Insert your work here.