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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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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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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
Ghost Story by Dale Frank contemporary artwork Dale FrankGhost Story, 2018 Mylar fabric, powder coated steel, LED lighting to program, containing petri dishes, Artist's personal bacteria in agar in petri dishes on brass and glass coffee table plinths
230 x 300 x 450 cm
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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