The Fischbach Gallery is pleased to present American Anamneses, Kevin Frank's first solo exhibition of recent paintings, opening 12 February and continuing through 14 March 2015. There will be an opening reception held for the Artist on 12 February from 5-7pm.
In American Anamneses, nostalgia and moments of personal history... the idea of collectibles, both of the porcelain figurine type and of fine art are carefully observed and painted in oil on canvas, which invigorates the figures and makes their porcelain stories vivid and personalized once more. Through his pictorial retelling, the object recast as subject, the figures take on a fresh energy that is both familiar and surprising.
"I paint representational work, applying formal treatment to seemingly banal subjects. At the same time, I am committed to concept, which is in part defined by the technical precision that I work toward achieving. In my most current series, I am repurposing found objects that have human form as models for still life. To date, these include collectible ceramic figurines based on Norman Rockwell's magazine covers... These readymade models are at once personal, culturally specific, and contemporary. As 3-dimensional objects, they are familiar knickknacks, but as 2-dimensional images recreated in Neo-Baroque style, they allow the viewer to connect and to project meaning and identity. I am interested in exploring this connection as well as the perception of time, place, memory and culture that the contrast between treatment and subject evokes." - Kevin Frank.
Kevin Frank was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1961. He received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from Carnegie Mellon University. He has exhibited in many group shows and his paintings have been written about in numerous publications. He currently lives in Kingston, New York.