David Bailin: Dreams & Disasters
Exhibition Dates: February 22 – March 22, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am - 5:30pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 5:30pm
Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce its fifth exhibition of drawings by Arkansas artist David Bailin.
The large scale narrative works in the series are executed on a heavy weight prepared paper in charcoal,
pastel, oil, and often coffee. Typically the works are monochromatic, in “Dreams & Disasters” Bailin introduces color into his lexicon, ranging from atmospheric backdrops in some drawings to bold swaths of color in others. The kinetic dreamscapes are populated in each case by a solitary figure engaged in a
epic struggle against unseen forces.
If the last series, “C”, was inspired by any experience, it was the years I supported myself as a part-time, full-charge bookkeeper in New York City. I handled the books of two small midtown businesses. I would arrive in the morning, get a cup of coffee, settle into my closet office, spread out the accounting book, and sort the receipts and bills. All day I entered numbers into the ledger, reconciled the bank statements, paid the bills, wrote out deposits for the bank, and prepared a summary of the accounts. As a job for an artist it was great. Everything was in past tense and everything balanced to zero. And zero was what I brought into the studio from my day’s work. That is, unless the ledger didn’t balance. Then the gentle dull routine of my day turned into a snarled and agitated scuffle as I poured over the bills, receipts and columns of numbers to find the missing pennies. That was the cubicle - a mindless routine interrupted by the crisis of minutia.
I explored in “C” the contrast between the rational geometry and clean surfaces of the cubicle and the chaos and disorder created by unaccountable happenstance. But I had forgotten that during the moments of dull routine I dreamt. I had in my head the next painting, a piece of theater business, fragments of images and spoken lines.
Ole Rølvaag, in his novel “Giants in the Earth”, gives us the thoughts of a traumatized Beret who, surrounded by the emptiness of the great plains of South Dakota, wonders how anything can survive there without something to hide behind. That exposure, both physically and psychologically, makes the dream (or in this case the daydream) so powerful, disconcerting, and necessary. For me, the formless and fragmented daydreams that emerged between the debits and credits were more real and certainly more important than the ledger I worked over. And while the bookkeeping set the pace and place of my routine, those activities are now hidden to me. My dreams in the cubicle remain, timeless and placeless, exposed and personal.
“Dreams and Disaster” is an extension of the “C” series. It is the dream of the cubicle.
David Bailin 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 Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. In 2012 he participated in the 54th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center and received the prestigious Delta Award. David Bailin currently lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas.
For further information or photos, please contact Kimberly Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.