Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce two joint solo exhibitions, opening October 18th: "The Erasing", by David Bailin, and "Radiator", by Tim Lowly. Having shown regularly with the gallery at its former location in Los Angeles, this will mark the first solo exhibition in Seattle for both Bailin and Lowly. While varying stylistically, these separate bodies of work share the common thread of psychological narrative attempting to explore human mental states, spirituality, and existence itself, through the lenses of each artists intimate relationships with their subjects - for Bailin, his father, and for Lowly, his daughter, Temma.
David Bailin | The Erasing
"The Erasing", a series of large-scale works on paper was begun in 2015 as an avenue for Bailin to express his father’s deteriorating memory as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease. This series is an attempt to convey the psychological devastation that the disease has on those suffering from it, and on those who bear witness to what is essentially the fading, or erasing, of a person. At first glance, the charcoal drawings appear as abstractions; recognizable figures, places and subjects slowly registering in the viewer’s focus. Bailin illustrates memories from his childhood in layers and proceeds in drawing and erasing, erasing and drawing and erasing again. Thus reflecting his father’s fragmented memory.
“I have never thought much about the role memory plays in the preservation and continuity of one’s identity. As an artist who witnessed the waning of my father’s personhood through the dissolution of his memory, I wrestled with how to convey the devastating personal and human experience of memory loss without relying on visual clichés.”
“This series is the result of my final collaboration with my father. As with his memories, only the ghosts are left.” -David Bailin
Tim Lowly | Radiator
“I see her face every day.”
Comprised of seven paintings completed over the course of the last year, including one monumental work, "Radiator", which lends the exhibition its title, this body of work is a continuation of Lowly’s long-term project involving his daughter, Temma. Often referring to her as “profoundly other, ” Lowly explores issues of meaning, identity , spirituality and politics in his paintings of Temma, which can be understood as reflections on subtle–perhaps mystical–kinds of agency that she manifests.
“My hope is that in suggesting various ways I find her life to be meaningful there might be a broadened possibility of considerations for others who are culturally, politically and socially marginalized.”
“I think of (the making of) art as a relational practice, a representational practice, a political practice, a conceptual practice, a material practice, a contemplative practice, a practice in being (present to), a practice in longing, a practice in loving*. Tim Lowly
- Loving: to deeply and empathetically engage the other towards giving the other agency.