FROM ROOTS TO CELEBRATION OF THE NEW

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David Bailin

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THE ERASING

 

I have never thought much about the role memory plays in the preservation and continuity of one’s identity. As an artist who witnessed the waning of my father’s personhood through the dissolution of his memory, I wrestled with how to convey the devastating personal and human experience of memory loss without relying on visual clichés. The final image in my drawings is largely the result of the pentimenti that moved the narrative along but did not resolve it. Sometimes, instead, the layers of earlier drawings overpower the last, like quicksand under a surface of marks and erasures. Those unresolved drawings, with stratum of partially rendered scenes and gestures, were the visual and technical cues for the Erasing series. The frustration of trying to define what was unformed yet intimated by what appeared 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–mimicked what I saw happen to my father in his heroic effort to recognize in the moment his own narrative This series is the result of my final collaboration with my father. As with his memories, only the ghosts are left.

 

– Bailin, 2018

 
 

 
 

Portfolio

 
 
 
 

 
 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

 

1984 MA [Creative], Hunter College, New York.  

Thesis: The Architecture of Perception: Robert Ashley's opera "Atalanta (Acts of God)"

 

1976  BFA [Painting], University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

 

Fellowships + Awards

 

1994  Museum Art Educator of the Year, Arkansas Art Educators

 

1989  National Endowment For The Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting   Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in Painting   Nomination, Ninth Annual Awards in the Visual Arts  

 

1988  Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting  

 

 

Solo Exhibitions • 2000 - 2018

 

2017-18  The Erasings, December—January 2018, Wingate Art & Design Gallery, UA-Fort Smith, Forth Smith, AR

 

2017  The Erasings, May, Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, AR  

 

2014  Revision, Missing, Listen, Light, Fly: Drawings by David Bailin, April-May, University of Arkansas at Little Rock FA Gallery II, Little Rock, AR Dreams and Disasters III, March-April, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

 

2013  Dreams and Disasters II, October, Norman Hall Art Gallery, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR Dreams and Disaster, May – July, Kennedy Gallery, Arts And Science Center, Pine Bluff, AR

 

2012  C, June - July, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

2010  Paper Trails II, March – May, Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries, Little Rock, AR   Paper Trails, January, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR  

 

2008-9 Washington’s Profile, December – March 2009, Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD  

 

2007  Confessions Of A Conformist, June, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

 

2004 One Person Show, October, Hendrix College, Conway, AR    Exhibition, June – July, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

 

2002  Exhibition, November, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

 

2000  One Person Show, April, River Market Artspace, Little Rock, AR    One Person Show, Strauss Gallery, February, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR  
 

 

Group Exhibitions • 2000 - 2017    

 

2017  Liberty, July, Koplin Del Rio, Seattle, WA

59th Annual Delta Exhibition, June - August, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR. Betsy Bradley [Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art], Juror 11th Annual International Drawing Annual, exhibition-in-print, Manifest, [http:// www.manifestgallery.org/nda/inda11/] How Far Have We Come? Dec 15, 2016 – Feb 15, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, on-line exhibition [https://www.artsy.net/show/koplin-del-rio-how-far-have-we-come]

 

2016 58th Annual Delta Exhibition, Delta Award Winner, June - August, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR. Elizabeth K. Garvey, Juror  Tales That Must Be Told, Contemporary Narrative Art, March - April, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

 

2015 Disparate Acts Redux: Bailin, Criswell and Peters, August - October, Butler Center Gallery, Little Rock, AR    White Noise & Black Lines, June - August, BAAC Gallery, Batesville, AR   The Zeitgeist Exhibition, June - July, Gallery 221, Little Rock, AR   Six Artists from Koplin Del Rio, January-February, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA Practice What You Preach, January-February, University of Central Arkansas Baum Gallery, Conway, AR  

 

2014  UALR Faculty Biennial, November-December, University of Arkansas at Little Rock FA Gallery I, Little Rock, AR 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, Grand Award Winner, June - September, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR. Brian Rutenberg, Juror   Disparate Acts: Bailin, Criswell and Peters, March - April, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR   Marking A Course, February - March, UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX

 

2013 Size Really Does Matter, November - January, 2014, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA   The Big Picture, July – August, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA   Bleak Beauty: artists who find beauty in the unpromising, February – March, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA   Artists from the Prographica Gallery, January – February, Bellevue College Gallery Space, Bellevue, WA

 

2012  Arkansas Contemporary: Selected Fellows from the Arkansas Arts Council, August – November, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR   Between Truth and Fiction: Pictorial Narratives, September – October, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA   The Back View, June – July, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA   Delta Award, 54th Annual Delta Competition,  January – March, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Tom Butler, Columbus Museum Executive Director

 

2011  Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Legacy Art Exhibit 2011, April – July, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain, AR  Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present, January – February, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

 

2010-11 Previews of Things to Come, December – February 2011, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

2009 On Paper, October – December, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ten-Year Celebration: Solo Exhibition Artists Retrospective (1999-2009), Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD   Drawings VIII, July – August, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA. Norman Lundin, Prof. of Art, Emeritus, University of Washington, Juror

 

2007  50th Annual Delta Exhibition, August – September, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR John Surls, Juror  Ag2S:Koplin Del Rio celebrates 25 years, July – September, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA  

 

2006-7 Southeastern Juried Exhibition 2006, October-January, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama. Juror: Kathleen A. Edwards, Chief Curator and Curator of European and American Art, University of Iowa Museum of Art   13th Annual Realism Invitational, October – November, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Fellowship Program, May – July, AR Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR New American Paintings, Juried Exhibitions in Print, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA     

 

2005  The Reality Show, September – October, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Peninsula, VA Art Chicago at Navy Pier, May, Chicago, IL San Francisco International Art Exposition, January, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2004  Drawings, Biennial Show, July – September, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Art Chicago at Navy Pier, May, Chicago, IL Displacement: Contemporary Drawings, group show, gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2002-3  Drawings, Biennial Show, July – September, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  Faculty Show, January, Hendrix College, Conway, AR  

 

2001  Portfolio One: Arkansas Masters, Trinity Gallery of Arkansas Art, May – June, Arkansas Territorial Restoration, Little Rock, AR

 

2000  Group Exhibition, fall, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX Baum Biennial National Exhibition, October – November, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Lynn Herbert, Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Faculty Biennial, University Gallery, September, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 43rd Annual Delta Exhibition, August – September, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR Graham Nickson, Juror New American Paintings, Juried Exhibitions in Print, June, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA  

 

Selected Public Collections

 

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Allen, McCain & Mahony, P.C., Atlanta, GA

Verizon, Little Rock, AR  

Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Little Rock, AR  

Bingham, Dana and Gould Law Offices, Boston, MA
Hot Springs Convention Center, Hot Springs National Park, AR

National Jewish Museum, Washington, D C  

Mitchell Law Firm, Little Rock, AR  

Palmer & Dodge Law Firm, Boston, MA  

Stephens, Inc., Little Rock, AR  

Total System Services, Columbus, GA  

 

Gallery Affiliation + Representation

 

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle, WA

Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, AR

Erdreich White Fine Arts, Boston, MA

 

Reviews + Interviews + Presentations + Reproductions + Catalogs • 2000 - Present

 

2016  Tales That Must Be Told Catalog: Contemporary Narrative Art, forward by Siobhan McClure, introduction by Eve Wood, Cypress College Art Gallery, 2016, Cypress College, Cypress, CA.  

 

2015  “Art among friends,” Kirk Montgomery, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, August 30, 2015, Style Section p1,6.   Disparate Acts Redux: Bailin, Criswell and Peters Exhibition Catalog, forward by Colin Thompson, essay by Warren Criswell and introduction to timeline by Leslie Peacock, Butler Center Gallery, August 14, 2015, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR. “15 Little Rock Artists To Know,” Arkansas Times, January 1, 2015.  

 

2014 “Arkansas Times Visionaries 2014" LNP, Arkansas Times, August 28, 2014.   Slippage (full page color reproduction), “A Month’s worth of Fireworks, Floating and Fiddles: #1: Delta on Display," Arkansas Life, July 2014, Front Porch //Culturalist p13.   "Southern Spotlight: Artists chosen for the 56th Delta Exhibition serve up an enticing gumbo of styles," Ellis Widner, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 20, 2014, Style Section p1,8.   Disparate Acts: Bailin, Criswell and Peters Exhibition Catalog, Les Christensen, Director & Curator, ATU Bradbury Gallery, March 13, 2014, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.   "Suburban nightmare wins Slippage top prize," Ellis Widner, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 20, 2014, Style Section p8.   "Uncommon urgency flows from David Bailin's Drawings," Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2014, pD4    Marking A Course: Bailin, Duffin and O’Keefe Exhibition Catalog, Tracee W. Robertson, Director & Curator, UNT Gallery, February 18, 2014,  University of Northern Texas, Denton, TX   Visiting Artist, February, UNT Art Department, University of Northern Texas, Denton, TX   ‘Who’s Who in American Art, 34th Edition,’ Marquis Who’s Who, LLC, New Providence, RI  

 

2013 "A Hedge Against The Recession Of Sentience," Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 19, 2013, p2H Author, Criswell’s Conundrum, AETN Loupe web site, http://www.aetn.org/loupe/ arts/posts/criswells_conundrum3   Juror, 2013 Batesville Area Arts Council National Juried Exhibition, March – April 2013, Main Street Art Gallery, Batesville, AR   "Prographica's 'Bleak Beauty,' Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times|The Arts, February 22, 2013

 

2012-13  Juror, Arkansas League of Artists artShow Competitive Exhibition, October 2012 – January 2013, Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries, Little Rock, AR

 

2012  Panelist, The Maryland and New Jersey Fellowships and Individual Artist Awards for Works on Paper Selection Panel , October 2012, Baltimore, MD Figure and Environment Workshop, Pulaski Technical College, June 2012   On Drawing, Presentation, Arkansas League of Artists, North Little Rock, April 2012 “David Bailin,” Sign & Symbol, The 22 Magazine, Vol2 II, pp. 38-56 • http:// issuu.com/the22magazine/docs/the22magazinev2/38? mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

 

2011-12  Juror, Rene Rosenzweig 2011 Biennial Exhibition, December – February 2012, Butler Center    Curator, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Legacy Art Exhibition, April – July 2011. Thirty Arkansas Artists selected, full color Catalog with Essay, Morrilton, AR   Interviewer/Artist, ARTists: A Conversation, Documentary [dvd, region1, sixty-six minutes], DoubleTroublets Productions, Little Rock, AR   Stephanie, digital image, ‘Re-Entry: Artwork inspired by women recently released from an Arkansas correctional facility’, book edited and published by Tori Pelz, Vol 1, Summer 2011

 

2010 ‘On Paper’ reviews: national: San Francisco, Lea Feinstein, ARTnews, January 2010, p122   Paper Trails, exhibition Catalog, UAF Fine Arts Gallery, Fayetteville, AR and The Arkansas Studies Institute Gallery, Butler Center, Little Rock, AR

 

2009  ‘West Coast Drawings: Drawings VIII’ at Davidson Galleries, Matthew Kangas, art ltd., September-October issue.   Presenter and Panelist, After Auschwitz: The Memory, Meaning and Representation of the Holocaust, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, February 7    Guest Artist, Figure Drawing Workshop, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, February   Washington’s Profile: Drawings by David Bailin, exhibition handout, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science/Visual Arts Center, Dec-March 2009

 

2008  Washington’s Profile:  Drawings by David Bailin, exhibition Catalog, essay by Leah Ollman, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science/Visual Arts Center, 2008   Charcoal Drawings: An Interview with David Bailin, Documentary [dvd, region1, sixty minutes], interview by Cindy Momchilov, edited and authored by DoubleTroublets Productions, October 2008   ‘Artist David Bailin focuses on immersion in the small things for exhibit at Pavilion,’ Arts Beat, Jay Kirschenmann, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 18, Link 5D   Pick-axe, color reproduction, ‘Impossible Dream,’ Jeff Baker, Oxford American Magazine, Issue 60, p117

2007  Map, b&w reproduction, ‘Off the Wall,’ Warner Trieschmann, Arkansas DemocratGazette, Arkansas Weekend, June p 4W    Opening, b&w reproduction, ‘He Can’t Escape the Bureaucracy,’ Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, July 6

 

2005 Geyser, full color reproduction, “OA Gallery,” Southern Art & Architecture Issue, The Oxford American, Issue 51, Fall 2005, p 112   “Reckoning With His Place In The World,” Little Rock Soiree, March 2005, color reproductions, pp. 66-67

 

2004  "Arkansas Artists Featured in California Show,” RealLiving Magazine, August, pp 6-7   “Art Picks of the Week,” Peter Frank, LA Weekly, 6/7-15/04, p130   Possession, color reproduction, “What’s Up and Coming,” ARTnews, June 2004, pp. 72   “Arkansas Artist is bigger draw in California with smaller works,” Karen Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Style Section, 1 color reproduction, June 20, Section E p 1   Fog, full color reproduction, Harpers Magazine, June, p 24

 

2002 “Art Picks of the Week,” Peter Frank, LA Weekly, 12/27-1/2/03, p133   “Drawn to the raw power of life,” Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, December 13, pE40   “Galleries: A Group Show of Figures Studies More Than the Body,” David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2002, pF26

 

2001  “The Art of Collecting,” Leslie Peacock, Arkansas Times, B&W photograph, November 30, pp8-11, 14.

 

2000  “Artful accolades,” Jennifer Christman, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, August 13, Style Section E6,    New American Paintings, Juried Exhibitions in Print, June, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA    "Life Lines," Leslie Peacock, Arkansas Times, April 14, p33    "David Bailin waxes poetic with Kafka," Lisa Broadwater, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1 color reproductions, April 9, p6E    "Charcoal, on paper," Laurie Pierce, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3 reproductions, March 4, p4b    David Bailin: Recent Works: Prophets, Parables, Paradoxes, exhibition Catalog, forward by Townsend Wolfe, texts by Ruth Pasquine, Warren Criswell  

 

Teaching + Administration • 1986 - 2014

 

Current Instructor, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR.

 

1996 - 2012  Adjunct Professor, Hendrix College, Conway, AR  [seminars in contemporary art criticism, theory, and history, Drawing]  Lecturer, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR  [basic & figure drawing, seminars in contemporary art criticism, theory, and history, ancient art history]  Lecturer, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR [figure & advanced drawing, art appreciation]

 

1998  Faculty member in Visual Arts, Arkansas Governor's School, June – July,  Hendrix College, Conway, AR [six week on-campus intensive multi-disciplined program for rising seniors]  

 

1986-1996  Director of The Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, Little Rock, AR