David Bailin
American, born 1954
Selected exhibitions
Koplin Del Rio
How Far Have We Come?,
Koplin Del Rio
David Bailin: Dreams & Disasters,
Koplin Del Rio

A founding member of the Abreaction Theater and a central figure in the New York City performance art scene of the 1970s, David Bailin produces drawings that depict narratives drawn from the artist’s autobiography and showing figures in isolation, interiors in disarray, and landscapes. “Drawn in charcoal on paper, the narratives have no beginning or end, just the great expanse of present in which the characters, silent and static, are suspended,” he has said. “The work is not about the particular scenes but the attempt to hold on to or find one’s place in a stark and inhospitable environment.” Bailin frequently uses erasures, smudges, and semi-abstract areas to challenge the language of representation.