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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Dale Frank

b. 1959, Australia

Controversial and uncompromising in his penchant for offbeat and confrontational gestures, Australian contemporary artist Dale Frank has divided critics and public alike over the past three decades. His practice is wide-ranging—from documentary films to eccentric performances—but today Frank is best known for his large-scale biomorphic abstract paintings and reflective resin paintings that challenge traditional notions of the medium.

Beginning to attract attention while still in his teens in the late 1970s, Frank spent ten years in Europe and the United States, returning to Australia in 1988. The beginning of his career was dominated by performance-based work; a notable early example took place in the late 1970s in Italy, where gallery-goers were presented with the then-teenage artist's legs and leather shoes dangling through a hatch in the ceiling.

Later in his career, Frank began exploring sculpture and installation and, eventually, painting. His current painting method involves pouring and brushing on several layers of thick varnish and colour pigments or clear resin, which sometimes embed colour glitter and studio detritus. These distinctive paintings do not depict anything identifiable, but rather are an exploration of different materials, movements and colours. Occasionally, he also includes readymade and industrial elements, such as construction foam, automotive paint, brightly coloured artificial hair (Dale dug another hole [2017]) or silver foil air-ducts (She was a collector of the best Art even though she relied on Emirates points to maintain her lifestyle [2018]). Given their unusual materials, Frank's paintings are not static objects; the materials can settle, react and produce structural changes even once they have left his studio. In recent years, the artist has replaced his usual canvas surface with Perspex, its reflective nature adding another layer to the work.

Provocative titles are often important to Frank's paintings, for example: Roslyn is the difference between Qantas gold and platinum or He always bought funeral insurance for all his boyfriends (both 2018). Sometimes the titles themselves are lengthy, self-contained narratives, with no apparent connection to the works to which they are attached. These lengthy interludes disrupt attempts to read specific meanings into the paintings themselves.

Interactive performance and installation remains an important part of Frank's career. In 1995, in lieu of showing paintings, the artist staged a disco—including fog machines and a mirror ball—at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, and titled the exhibition Dale, I'm only dancing. For his 2018 installation Ghost Story at the same gallery, Frank covered the walls and ceilings in reflective Mylar fabric lit with LED lights and presented petri dishes containing his personal bacteria, which grew into a dangerous state in agar.

Dale Frank was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, in 2002. He was selected for the Biennale of Sydney in 1990 and 2010, and in 1984 he was included in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale. His works are held in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Kunsthaus, Zürich; and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2005, Frank was awarded the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize from Bendigo Art Gallery.

Michael Crooks | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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chemical assisted clarity - all I would recommend is Panadol by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale Frankchemical assisted clarity - all I would recommend is Panadol, 2018 Epoxyglass on Perspex
150 x 100 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
clear light on a bad day - Nambour by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale Frankclear light on a bad day - Nambour, 2018 Epoxyglass on Perspex
150 x 100 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
She always thought it was it just his imagination by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankShe always thought it was it just his imagination, 2018 Varnish and epoxy glass on perspex
200 x 160 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBjMl41n8JiYywxr25QJQjQ/videos by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale Frankhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBjMl41n8JiYywxr25QJQjQ/videos, 2018 Varnish and epoxy glass on perspex
200 x 150 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Filling his hollow hours with platitudes by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankFilling his hollow hours with platitudes, 2016 Varnishes on Perspex
160 x 120 x 5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
The deafening volume of his insatiable inabilities by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankThe deafening volume of his insatiable inabilities, 2016 Varnishes on Perspex
160 x 120 x 5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
In French everyone was told they were having herring for dinner by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankIn French everyone was told they were having herring for dinner, 2016 Colour resin in liquid glass on Perspex
200 x 150 x 6 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Goya by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankGoya, 2017 HD video with stereo sound
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Like Button at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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13 December 2018–19 January 2019 Group Exhibition The Like Button Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Dystopian Forms at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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27 August–10 September 2018 Group Exhibition Dystopian Forms Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Dale Frank, Dale Frank at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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12 July–11 August 2018 Dale Frank Dale Frank Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Dale Frank at Art Los Angeles Contemporary Ocula Insight Dale Frank at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 26 January 2016

Dale Frank is one of Australia's most celebrated and critically acclaimed artists with a career spanning more than 30 years. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including a retrospective at the MCA in Sydney in 2000. His work is held in the collections of every major public collection in Australia as well as numerous private...

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Dale Frank at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong Related Press Dale Frank at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong ArtAsiaPacific : 8 March 2017

Entering Dale Frank’s solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong was comparable to stepping into a parallel universe where shapes are distorted and luminescent colors reign supreme. It was an alienating yet simultaneously engaging experience that clearly exemplified Frank’s own philosophy toward distancing himself from his works. Once...

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Material world: Dale Frank latest explorations in paint, resin and fire foam Related Press Material world: Dale Frank latest explorations in paint, resin and fire foam Wallpaper* : 27 January 2017

January is usually a relatively quiet month for art in Hong Kong but not so at Pearl Lam’s eponymous Pedder Street gallery where the local gallerist is showing a solo exhibition of 16 works by artist Dale Frank.One of the Australia’s most successful international artists, Frank is renowned for his manipulation of wildly different materials,...

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Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 Related Press Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 The Weekly Review : 14 August 2016

A sculpture in the bathtub, a horse on the couch and a disco in the loo are just some of the ways artworks have been exhibited at what is emerging as Melbourne’s most exciting art fair.The Hotel Windsor is, once again, about to be transformed by SPRING 1883, a high-end contemporary art show to be held as part of Melbourne’s Art...

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'Structures of Recollection: Contemporary Approaches to Materials and Memory' at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong Related Press 'Structures of Recollection: Contemporary Approaches to Materials and Memory' at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong ArtAsiaPacific : 23 April 2016

Exploring the idea of memory recollection, Paul Moorhouse, curator of 20th-century art at London’s National Portrait Gallery, drew together six international artists for Structures of Recollection: Contemporary Approaches to Materials and Memory, currently showing at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong.Moorhouse’s curatorial...

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