DAVID BAILIN | THE ERASING
TIM LOWLY | RADIATOR
Exhibition Dates: October 18 – December 1, 2018
Opening Reception: First Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk with Tim Lowly: Saturday, November 3, 2018
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.
Bio | David Bailin
David Bailin received his MA from Hunter College in New York and his BFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NEA / Mid-American Arts Alliance as well as the Arkansas Art Council. Bailin was given a solo exhibition in 2000 at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2009. His work has been acquired by a number of public institutions including the Arkansas Art Center Foundation Collection in Little Rock, and Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. In 2012 he participated in the 54th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center and received the prestigious Delta Award. David Bailin currently lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bio | Tim Lowly
Tim Lowly is an interdisciplinary artist, working with painting, drawing, installation, digital media, photography and music: both individually and collaboratively. The central pillar of his Tim’s art has been his daughter Temma who is, in his words, “profoundly other”. The clinical diagnoses of “multiple impairment” or “spastic quadriplegia” do little to address the compelling presence of this young woman and the way her being and essence have shaped her father’s work.
Tim Lowly was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1958. The son of medical missionaries, he spent most of his youth in South Korea. He received a BFA degree from Calvin College in 1981. Tim, his wife Sherrie and daughter Temma currently reside in Northbrook, Illinois. Since 1994 Tim has been affiliated with North Park University in Chicago as professor, gallery director, and artist-in-residence. His work is included in the permanent collections of multiple institutions, including: The Frye Museum, Seattle, WA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, The Long Beach Museum of art, Long Beach, CA and The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.