I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Exhibition view of DALE FRANK's solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, 2017. (Front) Warszawa, 2016, mixed white human hair on Perspex, 200 × 200 × 8 cm. Courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries.
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 completed, his sculptural paintings take on a life of its own, and Frank considers them completely independent of himself. He also believes that a 'painting doesn’t have to speak,' a sentiment expressed in the exhibition’s catalogue. The viewer is not meant to look for profound meaning within his works, but instead, is encouraged to consider the works as they are.
Since 1982, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has been committed to the advancement of the most serious and innovative forms of contemporary art. Through its exhibition program the gallery has supported work that is challenging and at the forefront of contemporary art practice. The gallery has always featured new work in a range of media, from painting and sculpture to photography, performance, installation, video and other electronic media arts.
The gallery has always followed a policy of nurturing artists through their careers, acting as a primary dealer for their work. Opening with a group of largely unknown artists, the gallery has consistently seen its stable develop into some of Australia’s most renowned practitioners. The gallery currently represents over thirty highly esteemed artists, who have had significant shows and whose works are held in major collections nationally and internationally.
Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring all-new work by Australian artist Dale Frank (b. 1959). The exhibition at the Pedder Building will comprise of sixteen works all completed in 2016. The works on display demonstrate Frank’s continued exploration of the potential of painting, using materials recognised previously in his work, including varnish, glass, and resin, alongside newer additions to the artist’s practice including fire retardant foam, compression foam, and human hair.
Dale Frank initially became known in the art world through his performances and assemblages, but throughout his career, he has experimented with different materials in order to challenge the concept of painting by embracing the full chemical and physical transformative process of the medium. While the artist engages in the physical process of creating his works, he believes that each has a life and lifespan of its own that is created as a result.
Many of the new works on display incorporate the artist’s long-standing use of pigmented varnishes, which have been poured, melted, and folded to create abstract images. Widely recognised for his use of bright colours, the pigments on display are rich and intense, ranging from acrid pink to cobalt blue. Also at the gallery will be a number of works that show coloured resin and liquid glass utilised in a similar way. The pigments and resin used by Dale Frank are bound to Perspex, which, spatially and conceptually, add a new dimension to his work. Although he previously worked on canvas, Frank found that the reflective nature of Perspex alters the paint quality, with the resins and pigments appearing to cascade down the work’s façade.
In other works demonstrative of recent developments in the artist’s practice, Frank has used shattered glass, fire retardant foam, and compression foam on Perspex, adding a sculptural quality to these works, which are then coated in Harlequin paint, colour resins, and varnish. A build-up of these materials suggests celestial typographies while re-examining the very nature of painting and what constitutes it. Also on display will be a work that sees the use of human hair in a similarly sculptural fashion, with extension pieces creating a cascade of monochromatic forms along the surface.
“From the very beginning, my work has been premised on the notion that the art produced is independent of myself. Paintings tend to be more interested in pointing out how they exist, act, and ‘live’ beyond the realm of human perception, a paradox of sorts given the contrived nature of artworks.”
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