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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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.

Biography by Michael Crooks | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Absent Uterus by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankAbsent Uterus, 2019 tinted varnish, epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 150 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Lovers by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankThe Lovers, 2019 Human bones reconfigured, refined sugar, blown and cut colour glass, table, perspex cover
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Allied on-ramp public liquid Nitrogen making machine (urinal for men) by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankAllied on-ramp public liquid Nitrogen making machine (urinal for men), 2019 Ikea stool, plastic topiary ball, solid resin, catheters, urine bags, plastic funnels. Dimension variable
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
the end of a perfect dat by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale Frankthe end of a perfect dat, 2019 HD video with stereo sound, 26 minutes
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
T I N D E R by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankT I N D E R, 2019 HD video with stereo sound, 49 minutes
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Kosher Berries by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankKosher Berries, 2019 Acrylic, varnish, epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 150 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Raffa's Kitchen Van by Dale Frank contemporary artwork
Dale FrankRaffa's Kitchen Van, 2019 Sexual intimate lingerie (black), epoxyglass on perspex
160 x 120 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Dale Frank, Dale Frank at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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13 June–6 July 2019 Dale Frank Dale Frank Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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

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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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In Related Press

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The elusive fictions of Dale Frank Related Press The elusive fictions of Dale Frank Art Guide Australia : 19 June 2019

During a career spanning three decades, Dale Frank has worked with multiple mediums including installation, film, sculpture and painting. Most recently he has been spending a considerable amount of time experimenting with painting.

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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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