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The Erasing Drawings by David Bailin with Essays by Ellis Widner and Leslie Peacock
This catalog is published in connection with the exhibitions The Erasing (1 December - 26 January 2018) University of Arkansas-FS, Fort Smith, AR and The Erasing (October 2018) Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle, WA
In 1982 Warren Criswell started drawing in a hardback sketchbook.
Just exercises at first, pencil sketches, mostly of stuff on TV. He would let the VCR record whatever was on and then play it back afterwards, and whenever Warren saw something that he thought would make a good drawing, sometimes just at random, he would hit the pause button and start drawing. Back then VCR’s paused for only about 5 minutes. He made a rule that he would look at the screen image only that long.
Warren drew everything—frames from the news, movies, PBS live concerts, even commercials. Images of the Black Riders, from the first film version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, began showing up among the ruins of Beirut, and it was then that Warren decided to give the book a name: Lenny and the Black Riders and a structure inspired from Bernstein’s Verdi concert and patterned after the Catholic Requiem–Kyrie, Dies Irae, Lux Aeterna.
But in 2001, after 9/11 happened, Warren felt the need for some kind of artistic response. The only appropriate source he thought of was the sketchbook begun in 1982. He found two blank pages near the end and the sketchbook you are now viewing was completed.are now viewing was completed.
Large Drawings • 2011 - 2013 by David Bailin with introduction by Philip Martin
Published for the exhibitions C and Dreams & Disasters at Koplin del Rio Gallery, Culver City, in 2012 and the exhibition Dreams & Disaster at The Arts and Science Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Dreams & Disasters the Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
Paper Trails Drawings by David Bailin With introduction by Ruth Pasquine Quoted material by Leah Ollman and Peter Frank
Paper Trails was published in connection with the 2010 exhibition Paper Trails: Drawings by David Bailin at the Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Paper Trails refers to both my process of leaving a trail of torn newspapers and magazines in the wake of searching for interesting found images and text and my artistic life in drawing.
David Bailin Recent works: Prophets, Parables, Paradoxes
The 2000 exhibition of the Midrash Drawings and Prophet series contains a preface by Townsend Wolfe, Director and Chief Curator of the Arkansas Arts Center, and essays by Ruth Pasquine, Collections Curator, and Warren Criswell, artist.
Washington's Profile Drawings by David Bailin with essay by Leah Ollman
This catalogue is published in connection with the exhibition Washington' Profile: Drawings by David Bailin (December 12, 2008 through March 15, 2009) at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD. The title comes from a manuscript I began in 1980. Constructed in the manner of my theater productions of the time, it involved 100 endnotes that intimated but did not state out right the main narrative of the text [a American travelogue]. An excerpt from that manuscript is included in the catalogue.
Part of the Midrash series. ROCK was exhibited at the Little Rock Convention Center from 2001 - 2018, and at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2000. • The artist statement on the Midrash & Minyan Series.
Part of the Midrash series. BONE was exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2000, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, 2005: The Reality Show/The Big Picture; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as well as the Washington Pavillon, SD, and the Butler Center, Little Rock, AR, 2010 under the exhibition title Paper Trails. • The artist statement on the Midrash & Minyan Series.
Part of the Midrash series. BREATH was exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2000; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as well as the Washington Pavillon, SD, and the Butler Center, Little Rock, AR, 2010 under the exhibition title Paper Trails. • The artist statement on the Midrash & Minyan Series.
Part of the Midrash series. SKIN was exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2000; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as well as the Washington Pavillon, SD, and the Butler Center, Little Rock, AR, 2010 under the exhibition title Paper Trails. •The artist statementon the Midrash & Minyan Series.
Part of the Prophet series, MOUNTAIN was exhibited at Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2000 the Washington Pavillon, SD, and the Butler Center, Little Rock, AR, 2010. • The artist statement on the Drawings from 1999-2007.