Drawings by David Bailin
de David Bailin with essay by Leah Ollman
The title of my exhibition comes from a manuscript I began in 1980. Constructed in the manner of my theater productions of the time, it involved 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.
Having found myself with the opportunity to show my work in my hometown, I thought it fitting and appropriate to revisit that manuscript, entitled Washington’s Profile, and develop an exhibition of drawings that reflects the intention of the original manuscript – art from reconstruction.
EDUCATION 1984 MA [Creative], Hunter College, New York. 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 1988: Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2013-2014 2014: 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR - Revision, Missing, Listen, Light, Fly: Drawings by David Bailin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock FA Gallery 2, Little Rock, AR - Dreams & Disasters, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA -Marking A Course, UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX 2013: Size Really Does Matter, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - The Big Picture, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA - Dreams & Disaster II, Norman Hall Art Gallery, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville, AR - The Big Picture, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA