Natalie Frank

The Governed and the Governors

October 4 – November 3, 2012

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Trying on Heads, 2012

Oil on board

14 x 10 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Praying in Bed, 2011

Oil on canvas

62 x 42 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Exorcism, 2012

Oil on canvas

72 x 124 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait 2 (orange), 2012

Oil on board

10 x 8 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait 1 (yellow), 2012

Oil on board

12 x 10 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait 3, 2012

Oil on board

10 x 8 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Inspection, 2010

Oil on canvas

96 x 134 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait 7, 2012

Oil on canvas

26 x 20 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

One, Two, 2012

Oil on canvas

62 x 72 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Autopsy (small study), 2011

Oil on board

18 x 20 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Juniper Tree (II), 2012

Gouache and chalk pastel on paper

30 x 22 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait I, 2011

Oil on canvas

26 x 20 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

It Beats Ironing, 2010

Oil on board

14 x 12 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Hanging, 2010

Oil on board

18 x 14.5 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait (blue eye), 2011

Oil on canvas

26 x 20 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Two Figures in a Landscape, 2012

Oil on canvas

44 x 32 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Portrait (pink), 2012

Oil on canvas

26 x 20 inches

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Figures in a Landscape, 2012

Oil on board

10 x 8 inches

 

Natalie Frank at Fredericks & Freiser

NATALIE FRANK

Story of the Horse, 2012

Oil on board

14 x 12 inches; 14 x 16 inches; 14 x 12 inches

Press Release

Natalie Frank                                       

The Governed and the Governors                                      

October 4 through November 3, 2012                                                

Opening Reception October 4, 6-8pm

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Natalie Frank. The exhibition will include large-scale paintings on canvas as well as head-sized portraits and small paintings on board that use narrative to examine the idea of transfiguration.

 

Frank paints spectral scenes of people performing rituals. In all of the scenes figures are dismantling, teasing out, opening up and soliciting other figures to help them discover what makes them human. Women are the primary actors: they enact private fetishes, explorations, and fantasies of both relinquishing and regaining power. Whether sexual, violent or spiritual, these acts are performed in plain view. Resting between sexualities, genders, human/ animal forms, and structural disintegration, these figures reveal their faces and bodies as indicative of this contorted search. 

 

Frank’s new body of work merges abstraction and figuration. Flesh features and space are depicted in various modes of painting and drawing: thick paint and abstraction rest alongside more rendered areas as well as graphic, drawn passages. The paintings are marked by a heightened sense of color, in combination with black graphic lines and focused areas of light.

 

About the artist

 

Natalie Frank (born 1980, Austin Texas) lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from Columbia and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway. She has had several solo exhibitions including Arndt and Partner, Zurich, Space SBH, St. Barth’s, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, and The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts.