Bailin Studio

He left a paper trail...
David Bailin | Bailin Studio
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DAVID BAILIN is an artist working primarily in drawing. He received his MA from Hunter College in New York and his BFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NEA / Mid-American Arts Alliance as well as the Arkansas Art Council. Bailin was given a solo exhibition in 2000 at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2009. His work has been acquired by a number of public institutions including the Arkansas Art Center Foundation Collection in Little Rock, and the National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. Bailin has received critical reviews in ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the Oxford American Magazine, art Ltd and other periodicals, and was the subject of a 2008 documentary entitled “Charcoal Lines.” The 2017 International Drawing Annual 11 exhibition-in-print includes two drawings from Bailin’s Erasing series. He was selected by the Arkansas Times weekly as one of Arkansas’ Visionaries in 2014. In 2014 he participated in the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center and received the prestigious Grand Award.
Bailin is represented by Koplin del Rio Gallery, Seattle, WA and Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, AR. David Bailin currently lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Visionary 2004
Artist Statements
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He Left A Paper Trail...
Paper Trail refers to both my process of leaving a trail of torn newspapers and magazines in the wake of searching for interesting found images and text and my artistic life in drawing. While I have, after all these years, a body of work that spans 40 years and that has evolved stylistically and technically, as importantly is the flotsam of that development. Looking through those boxes is like looking through years of history. Naturally the images chart a change in fashion, design, and cultural but subtler things as well: it documents a change in what pre-occupied us as a society. The eighties are filled with South American coups and civil wars; the nineties the Balkans and power lunches; the aught’s, disasters, terrorism. Those are just the surfaces, the raw edges of the material in my boxes. And because it is a collection sprung from my own artistic and personal needs, it is a skewed view. Those images that resonated with me and that generated new ideas were/are like a personal Rorschach test. From life but sublimated through de-contextualization, abreaction and re-configuration. When I dig into those boxes I dig into an archeology of history and the personal. Success is measured when the product of those paper trails end up as drawing.
My current artist statements are located here: STATEMENTS
Earlier artist statements are located here:
STUDIO ARCHIVES
Reviews & Criticism
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The written material presented on this site is the intellectual property of the respective authors/publications
Leslie Newell Peacock • Life Lines • Arkansas Times • May 25, 2017

Ellis Widner • Into the void • Arkansas Democrat Gazette • May 7, 2017

Leslie Newell Peacock • Bailin. Criswell. Peters • Arkansas Times • September 3, 2015

Kirk Montgomery • Art Among Friends • Arkansas Democrat Gazette • August 30, 2015

Arkansas Times • 15 Little Rock Artists To Know • Arkansas Times • January 2015

Arkansas Times Staff • Visionary Arkansans 2014 • Arkansas Times • September 2014

Ellis Widner • Southern Spotlight • Arkansas Democrat Gazette • July 2014

Christopher Michno • Los Angeles: David Bailin: "Dreams and Disasters" at Koplin Del Rio • art ltd • May/June 2014 Review

Leah Ollman • Uncommon urgency flows from David Bailin's drawings • Los Angeles Times • March 2014

Kellie Cobb, Features Editor • Disparate Acts • The Jonesboro Sun • March 2014

Tracee Robertson • Marking A Course Catalog Essay • UNT Galleries • February - March 2014

Philip Martin •
A hedge against the recession of sentience • Arkansas Democrat Gazette • May 2013

Michael Upchurch •
Prographica's 'Bleak Beauty' • The Seattle Times | The Arts • February 2013

Peter Frank •
Haiku Reviews • www.huffingtonpost.com • October 2012

Leah Ollman •
Review: Bailin explore[s] metaphor • www.latimes.com • June 2012

Kathy Leonardo •
Two Brilliant Exhibitions… • www.laartparty.com • June 2012

Warren Criswell •
It's About Time • www.warrencriswell.com • March 2012

Leslie Newell Peacock •
Following Paper Trails • Arkansas Times • March 2010

Lea Feinstein •
On Paper • ArtNews • January 2010

Matthew Kangas •
West Coast Drawings: Drawings VII • art ltd. • September 2009

Jay Kirschenmann •
Art Beat • Argus Leader • December 2008

Leah Ollman •
Washington's Profile Catalog Essay • 2008

Leah Ollman •
Around the Galleries • LA Times • July 2007

Art Scene California •
Map • 2007

James Morgan •
Chasing Matisse • 2005

Little Rock Soiree • 
Art • March 2005

Peter Frank •
Art Picks of the Week • LA Weekly • July 2004

Karen Martin •
Arkansas Artist • Arkansas Democrat Gazette • June 2004

ArtNews •
What's Up and Coming in LA • June 2004

Harper's Magazine •
[Resumes] • June 2004

Peter Frank •
Art Picks of the Week • LA Weekly • December 2002 - January 2003

Leah Ollman •
Drawn to the raw power of life • LA Times • December 2002

Warren Criswell •
Criswell’s Sketchbook entries on Bailin’s Themes • 1997 - 2002

Warren Criswell •
World In Progress: David Bailin's Midrash Drawings • 2000

Ruth Pasquine •
In Search of a Hero • 2000

Townsend Wolfe •
Catalog Preface • 2000

Extended Interviews and Documentaries
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Inside The Studios Of Six Arkansas Artists - David Bailin, 2017
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IDENTITY Insight: Unfolding the Visual Narrative- David Bailin, 2016
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Art Tools interview with David Bailin, 2016
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AETN Loupe with David Bailin, 2013
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The 22 Magazine Interview with David Bailin, 2012
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Charcoal Lines: A Conversation with David Bailin, 2008
Cindy Momchilov interviews David Bailin
at Camera Work, Little Rock, October 16, 2008

Edited and produced by Doubletroublets Productions
© 2008 DoubleTroublets Productions
Lectures, Presentations and Exhibition Walkthroughs
Lecture
He Left A Paper Trail: Core Matter, Subject Matter and Object Matter
Paper Trail Study
Studio Practice: Developing Ideas
Studio Interior
Drawing: Looking At Masters
Van Gogh detail
SUUM CUIQUE VENENUM • To Each His Own Poison
Filmed, edited and produced by Anna LancasterButler Center for Arkansas Studies • Central Arkansas Library System, September 2, 2015. Additional film clips by Doubletroublets Productions • Post-production by David Bailin and Warren Criswell, March 2016.
A Teaching Method For Basic Drawing
Workshop Drawing Wall detail
Figure, Space and Environment
Pendulum detail
CRISWELL’S CONUNDRUM
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Walkthrough Dreams & Disasters • Koplin Del Rio Gallery • March 2014
Edited and produced by Ron De Angelis © 2012 Koplin Del Rio
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Washington’s Profile • 1980
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Exhibition CATALOGS
Exhibition Installation
Course Materials
Classroom with Students
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Writings on Robert Ashley, 1983, 1985
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Robert Ashley • 1930-2014
Back in 1984 I completed my master's thesis Robert Ashley's Atalanta (Acts of God): The Architecture of Perception. I spent many hours interviewing Robert Ashley and was saddened by his death this March 2014. I have decided to post several articles I wrote on his opera for television as a memorial to his work and his music. Click on the images to view the writings.
David Bailin • San Francisco Symphony Notes • November 1983
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David Bailin • Formations • volume 2, number 1 • Spring 1985
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David Bailin • Master's Thesis • Spring 1984
Atalanta Album Cover Detail

Ashley image from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10716244/Robert-Ashley-That-rare-thing-a-great-American-opera-composer.html
Album cover detail from http://www.lovely.com

On My Drawing Process
I don't finish drawings, I exhaust the possibilities in each rendering. I revise and rework and more than likely destroy drawings. The last couple of years, only three drawings survived.

I draw until the figure and the environment have weight—plasticity and narrative. I draw until I find a hook that sustains my viewing for more than a couple of days. If that hook doesn't last, then I go back to revising. Whatever began the drawing- the studies, the images from my boxes - is started again when I pick up my piece of charcoal. Because the mark is not the idea. I have to battle what making that mark means. Does it define the outside or the inside of the object? Is it defining a texture, a contour, or a tone?

Since all of us have mark making down, we think it's automatic. At its fundamental level, a drawing is a progressively complex listing of strokes. Nothing more. To assume that you can express anything before controlling and manipulating the material is ridiculous.

That's not to say that you don't have a start. I have plenty of starts, plenty of ideas, but once you are on the paper it's a whole different game.