David Bailin, ‘Against the Day’, 2014, Koplin Del Rio

About David Bailin

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.

American, b. 1954