Friday, April 9, 2010
I have been familiar with Lucy Fradkin's work for many years - mostly through her association with Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery in Larchmont NY. Recently, I was able to see her new work in an exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery in Chelsea, NYC (Lucy Fradkin: Family Tree on view through May 1, 2010).
Fradkin makes intuitive, neo-primitive, full frontal portraits of both archetypal and actual individuals. The subjects, stand/sit in the center of spaces that are frequently described with flattened tiled floors or rugs and free form & patterned wall papers, curtains and various accessories. Objects sit, hang and float in these spaces and interact with the figures - frequently abstractly as well as pictorially.
We also find seamlessly integrated collaged picture elements merged into her carefully painted scenes - it can be difficult to tell when objects are painted or collaged. The work at Nancy Margolis ranges in size - from human scale around 60 inches to smaller formats around 10-20 inches. Not surprisingly Fradkin moves easily between painting sizes as she often shifts scale within her compositions - more often to signal the relative importance of an item than to create naturalistic space, even though there can be a dichotomy between these two reads.
Fradkin's thought provoking paintings are rich, quirky and often humorous, with a bittersweet, even nostalgic flavor. Get to Nancy Margolis while the show is still up or take a look at Fradkin's website lucyfradkin.com.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I have found many blogs and discussions that focus on abstract art. And believe me I'm a big fan of abstract art, but for the past 20 years I've been a painter of images. In ImageArt we'll share discussions about the art and artists who give serious thought to images and imagery in their art - with all its implications - along with the formal, abstract and technical considerations. It is not my intention to separate art into segments. I think that most art contains abstract, formal, and even the subjective and connotative associations of imagery - it's a question of hierarchy and what takes precedence or drives creative choices. And while there is a wealth of discussion on abstract art in print and on the web there is a surprising lack of intelligent dialog about image based work. And so...
I will be introducing the reader to many artists, conducting interviews, and alerting you to various exhibitions. Additionally, there will be guest contributors /columns by other artists on subjects of their choosing.