Bailin Studio

He left a paper trail…
Minyan & Midrash Series [1991-1999] and other Biblical images
  • THE MINYAN SERIES
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    Minyan: Emanations [Sefirot], from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Golem, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Siren, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Ezekiel’s City, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Diagram Of The World, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Amulet [Num 6:22-1/Psalm 121], from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Labrynth, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: Vessel, 1991, from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

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    Minyan: At The Center of the World [Kibleh], from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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    Minyan: The Count [Minyan], from The Ten • 1991
    48"x51" • Charcoal on paper • B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

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  • THE MIDRASH SERIES
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    Salt [Lot's Wife] • 1994 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 120 inches • Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

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    Bone [Noah] • 1995 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 168 inches

    Rock [Abraham]

    Rock [Abraham] • 1995 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 168 inches

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    Road [Job] • 1996 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 168 inches • Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

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    Breath [Expulsion] • 1996 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 144 inches

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    Skin [Cain & Abel] • 1997 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 144 inches

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    Pyramid [Moses & Aaron] • 1999 • Charcoal on paper • 96 x 157 inches

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  • OTHER BIBLICAL IMAGES
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    IF WE DON’T SURVIVE, REMEMBER [v2] • 1992 • Charcoal on canvas • 72 x 72 inches

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    IF WE DON’T SURVIVE, REMEMBER • 1992 • Charcoal on canvas • 72 x 72 inches

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    THE BALLOON • 1992 • 26"x30" • Charcoal on paper • Private Collection, PA

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    JACOB AND ESSAU • 2001 • Charcoal on Paper • n/a • Private Collection, Philadelphia, PA

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    HARVEST • 2001 • Charcoal on Paper • n/a • Private Collection, Brighton, MA

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    TREAD UPON • 1999 • Charcoal on Paper • n/a • Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

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    SCARLET THREAD • 2001 • Charcoal and Pastel on Paper • n/a • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

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    ABRAM & SARAH • 2004 • Charcoal on Paper • 30 x 42 inches • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

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    ATTIC • 2004 • Charcoal on Paper • 34 x 46 inches • Private Collection, Boston, MA

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    MOURNING • 2006 • Charcoal on Paper • 37 x 44 inches • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

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    CREATION • 2010 • Charcoal on Paper • 36½ x 54 inches • Private Collection, Pacific Palisades, CA

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    ARK • 2013 • Charcoal and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 38 x 50 inches • Private Collection, Pacific Palisades, CA

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    ALEPH • 2014 • Charcoal, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 39½ x 54 inches • Private Collection, Iowa City, IA

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    ORCHID • 2016 • Charcoal, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 44 x 46 inches • Private Collection, Philadelphia, PA

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    TREK • 2018 • Charcoal, Walnut ink, Acrylic, and Coffee on Paper • 32 x 44½ inches • Private Collection, Nashville, TN

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    VOWS • 2019 • Pencil on Drafting Film over Acrylic and Gouache on Paper • 13 x 19 inches [33 x 48 cm] • Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

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    VOWS 2 • 2019 • Pencil on Drafting Film over Acrylic and Gouache on Paper • 13 x 19 inches [33 x 48 cm] • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

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The TEN (or MINYAN) was a series of holocaust drawings I created that superimposed Kabbalah symbols or references onto documentary photographs. I hoped to provide some psychological closure by embracing the victims within Jewish mysticism. That was naive. However, an outcome of this series was the Midrash series and a new, more invigorated approach to mark making.

While working a full-time job, my Saturdays and Sundays were filled with taking care of young ones or finding time in the studio. When I was in the studio I worked very fast, completing a drawing/painting in a single setting. The problem was that I had little to sustain me during the rest of the week. My solution seemed counter-intuitive but served me in the long term: create a series of drawings that were so large and complicated that they couldn't possibly be finished in one day and, as a result, couldn't be shown in a gallery (removing the anxiety of finding a gallery and exhibiting.

My studio was located in the basement of a building and occupied half a city block. It could accommodate large drawings. My theme was taken from my childhood memories of bible stories that haunted me: The Expulsion, Cain, Lot's Wife, Noah, Job, Abraham, and Moses' breaking of the tablets. Each drawing took at least six months to create and the week long absence gave me a chance to meditate on the work. I was creating my own Midrash.

The
MIDRASH, or more appropriately, Midrash Aggada, examines the moral principles behind the bible stories and through the months of drawing I came to understand the stories. Throughout, I was influenced by The Book of J (Harold Bloom, author and David Rosenberg, translator).

Since the 90s I have drawn Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations for my nephews and nieces using the passages from the Torah or Haftorah as inspiration. This activity has evolved as my family has grown into wedding and birth announcements.