Bailin Studio

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1977 – 1979

Performance Art

I moved to New York in the summer of 1976 and I soon came to realize that narrative art in the conceptual 1970s was problematic. As a result I developed several performances that brought my painting ideas into a theatrical space and permitted me to explore in depth image and language. The following performance works were presented during that period at various locations around New York City.

— David Bailin • 1981

“-.” or Kidnapping by Psychiatric Questionnaire

December 9, 1977
  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • ACT 1

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • ACT 1

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • ACT 2

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • ACT 2

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 1

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 1

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 2

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 2

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 3

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 3

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 4

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • DETAIL 4

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Script Page 1

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Script Page 1

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Script Page 2

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Script Page 2

  •  KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Information Script

    KIDNAPPING BY PSYCHIATRIC QUESTIONNAIRE • Inspector Information Script


FACINGS #3

October 17, 1977 • December 15, 1977
  •  FACINGS 3 Script Cover

    FACINGS 3 Script Cover

  •  FACINGS 3 Script Page 1

    FACINGS 3 Script Page 1

  •  FACINGS 3 p1: Introduction

    FACINGS 3 p1: Introduction

  •  FACINGS 3 p2: I did this to him, to her, between the being and the bone.

    FACINGS 3 p2: I did this to him, to her, between the being and the bone.

  •  FACINGS 3 p3: On Oct 1520 the fleet sighted a headland which they named the Cape of Eleven Thousand Virgins.

    FACINGS 3 p3: On Oct 1520 the fleet sighted a headland which they named the Cape of Eleven Thousand Virgins.

  •  FACINGS 3 p4: Circumstance, those certain moments, those stories and anecdotes, obscure the nature of how we come to mean.

    FACINGS 3 p4: Circumstance, those certain moments, those stories and anecdotes, obscure the nature of how we come to mean.

  •  FACINGS 3 p5: Here is a place penetrated by a cool and analytic vision.

    FACINGS 3 p5: Here is a place penetrated by a cool and analytic vision.


FACINGS #2

April 14, 1977
  •  FACINGS 2 Script Cover

    FACINGS 2 Script Cover

  •  FACINGS 2 Script Page 1

    FACINGS 2 Script Page 1

  •  FACINGS 2 p1: Here in this room where she lies here and I sit here

    FACINGS 2 p1: Here in this room where she lies here and I sit here

  •  FACINGS 2 p2: I take it out of context

    FACINGS 2 p2: I take it out of context

  •  FACINGS 2 p3: Here we lie together.

    FACINGS 2 p3: Here we lie together.

  •  FACINGS 2 p4: Still

    FACINGS 2 p4: Still


GREY FACINGS

March 17, 1977
  •  FACINGS Script

    FACINGS Script

  •  GREY FACINGS p1: Here are the attributes of here

    GREY FACINGS p1: Here are the attributes of here

  •  GREY FACINGS p2: Interrogation

    GREY FACINGS p2: Interrogation

  •  GREY FACINGS p3: To move through it changes our perception

    GREY FACINGS p3: To move through it changes our perception

  •  GREY FACINGS p4: A man stands naked at a window

    GREY FACINGS p4: A man stands naked at a window

  •  GREY FACINGS p5: …draws back the curtains.

    GREY FACINGS p5: …draws back the curtains.

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