Bailin Studio

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Provincetown Art Association And Museum
460 Commercial Street Provincetown MA 02657

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Workshop and Student References

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Presentations and Exhibition Walk-throughs

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He Left A Paper Trail: Core Matter, Subject Matter and Object Matter

A lecture on Subject, Object and Core matter that comprise the basis of a work of art using examples from the studio. Presented at the Fort Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

–David Bailin, updated 2021


We have been meeting weekly or bimonthly for nearly 30 yrs. What links us? What makes us look forward to an interruption in our precious studio time?

—David Bailin • 2016

Filmed, edited and produced by Anna LancasterButler Center for Arkansas Studies, September 2, 2015. Additional film clips by Doubletroublets Productions • Post-production by David Bailin & Warren Criswell, March 2016.

Exhibition Artist Walk Through

Edited and produced by Ron De Angelis © 2014 Koplin Del Rio

Koplin Del Rio Gallery:
New Drawings
March 2014

Edited and produced by Ron De Angelis © 2012 Koplin Del Rio

Koplin Del Rio Gallery:
C Series
March 2012

Edited and produced by Amy L Stewart © 2021 Koplin Del Rio

Koplin Del Rio Gallery:
In Situ
January 2021

Washington's Profile

Washington’s Profile contained 100 endnotes that intimated but did not state out right the main narrative of the text [a American travelogue]. In fact, the work was an attempt to create a subject through correspondence, allusion and fragmentation. It is a form of creating art that I follow to this day, albeit for a different medium: a search for meaningful relationships between disparate images and text by excavating old newspapers, magazines and books.

— David Bailin • 2014

The Pit

How do you know when you are arriving at an artistic pit? Is working in the Zone a way to avoid the pit or is it a good sign you are connected to your art? For me, the step into the pit is terrifying but the zone is worse.

—David Bailin • 2008

Edited and produced by Doubletroublets Productions
© 2008 DoubleTroublets Productions
The full video Charcoal Lines is located on the Documents page.
Image: Bailin, underdrawing [destroyed], 2012

Bailin: Criswell’s Conundrum • AETN | Loupe

This article explores the work of Warren Criswell, his themes, material experimentation and animation.

— David Bailin • 2012

image: Criswell. Flash Flood [detail]

Looking At Masters

This lecture for my drawing classes talks about how to look at masters through active interaction, understanding the importance of their use and selection of materials and the relationship of the intimate and the universal themes.

— David Bailin • 2014

image: Matisse. Artist and Model Before a Mirror [detail]


A writing experiment using the format of a printed catalog. The subliminal messages created by the combination of the products illustrated and the text describing it had great potential as a piece of writing and I took that as a starting point inserting my own text along with the found ones.

— David Bailin • 1983


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Epiphany from the studio

Déjà vu

An artist friend of mine mentioned that as artists we really paint the same painting over and over again.

Revisions for Podium
Subject and Object matter may change but the Core matter does not. Patterns of work, approach, organization, and deep themes appear over and over again. As much as we think we make progress, the progress is a fog of technical mastery and emotional depth. What makes us artists, what drives us to spend hours in the studio, what brings us to manic highs and depressive lows? Warren Criswell calls it our addiction–the art drug.

I was looking over paintings I had made in 1972. Typical student work: attempting to make something original by negating every thing I had learned about good painting and combining two disparate styles: Clifford Still and Phillip Guston.

But what struck me was how close those paintings looked and felt to my current thumbnails. The same self-enclosed stories, the diagrammatic elements of the work and the space between each idea or impulse. This was an aesthetic epiphany.
Years Apart
First Meeting, 1976, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 72 inches • Thumbnail studies for Book, 2011

As artists, we change the subject matter (the story) and the object matter (the elements) but we can’t change the core matter– the indescribable and intangible chemical, electrical, biological makeup of our psyche -the conglomeration of memories and emotions that require expression.
Clifford Still and Phillip Guston
We may never come to grasp or even understand what that core is but it remains stubbornly fixed and reinforced throughout our lives. The frustration, therefore, is how important that core is to creating our subject matter and how insignificant our subject matter is to expressing it. The art drug is the need, the compulsion, to express the core through our work so well and completely so as never to have to experience it again.