David Bailin, ‘Red Tie’, 2015, Koplin Del Rio

In the artist's words, a new series begun on Alzheimers and dementia:
"red tie is located in the center of the drawing (erased and of my father), the running girl (in this photo the drawing of her looks terrible but really isn’t) is actually a reference to Rembrandt’s Night Watch girl as well as the running girl in Seurat’s la Grande Jatte and de Chirco’s Mystery And Melancholy Of A Street (my art history), the diagrams on the center bottom of the drawing reference my early NY paintings and show, on the left, my bedroom in Boulder, CO and on the right, a diagram of the apartment I lived in in Cambridgeport, MA, and of course the erasing of landscape and interior (the ghosts)."

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