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Two Brilliant Exhibitions at Koplin Del Rio Gallery!

Kathy Leonardo

[…] Opening tonight will be "C (charcoal, coffee and 'see')" by Arkansas artist David Bailin. This is Bailin's fourth exhibition at Koplin Del Rio. The vigorously animate charcoal drawings depict narratives imbued with a sense of mystery and surrealism, as well as a subtle sense of humor. The narratives depict backdrops and characters, which would normally appear unremarkable, yet at the artist's hand they become curious and thought provoking. His newest series titled ‘C’, features a host of subjects toiling away inside an office at mundane and often absurd tasks.

As the viewer recognizes the space as an everyday cubicle, the action depicted begs a closer look. In a piece titled "Hammer" features a cramped office space where the furniture seems to be closing in on a hapless businessman attempting to hang a picture on a wall only he's going about it all wrong. Gaping nail holes arch on the wall nonsensically, yet the man seems oblivious to his own folly. The newest body of work continues to incorporate Bailin's painterly and gestural application of charcoal on heavily waxed paper, the backgrounds a warm hand dyed sepia tone made through coffee stains, but the interiors have become starker. The mark making remains equally as bold, but the frenetic, repetitive lines have been concentrated and stripped down to near bare elements, Mondrian-like in their severity, while Bailin's figures break up the grid with unexpected turns of humanity.

Top: Bailin • Tacks • 2012 • Charcoal and Coffee on Paper
Bottom: Bailin • Hammer • 2012 • Charcoal and Coffee on Paper