Doug Brin: Journals

April 19, 2015 – August 30, 2015

What Disputed Ballots? by Doug Brin (American, b. 1947) | 2000, mixed media, 8 x 8 inches. Courtesy the artist.

What Disputed Ballots? by Doug Brin (American, b. 1947) | 2000, mixed media, 8 x 8 inches. Courtesy the artist.

The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions on view through July 31, 2015. Doug Brin: Journals will be on view in the lobby gallery of the William Goldfine Pavilion and Surrealist Impulse: Works from the Permanent Collection will be on view in the adjacent Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion

The 17 illustrated journals in the exhibition were created between 1987 and 2013 and represent a selection from a larger body of writings that Brin began when he was 22 years old. In the journals, Brin, now 67, utilizes micrographic writing, abstracted drawing and collage elements to explore topical, historical and literary themes. Filled with personal observations plus cut and pasted excerpts from newspapers and magazines, the journals comprise a unique history of our times.

Brin's musings reflect a broad range of past and current events from the worlds of politics, entertainment and literature. An artist, writer, journalist and teacher, Brin provides running commentary on the contested Bush-Gore national election and the aftermath of 9/11. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Tennessee Williams and Mary McCarthy populate his entries, among many other subjects. His imagery is varied and excruciatingly detailed, recording wide-ranging personal and popular interests. The journals attest to an obsessive-compulsive nature that has inspired

Brin to track and record a life that has included five careers and over 30 jobs, among them journalism, independent-school teaching and current-events seminars, such as ongoing programs at the 92nd Street Y and the RiverWalk apartments at Hebrew Home. While recovering from near-fatal brain surgery in 1997, Brin persevered in his commitment to making regular entries by dictating disjointed impressions of daily existence to his mother and ex-wife.