Thursday 16 February - Friday 31 March 2023
Viewing location: 8270 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am-5pm
"I see what is there, and crucially what more I have to do to go beyond definitions of beauty and art, and beyond yourself. You must always go beyond yourself to what you imagine art can NOT dare to be in your own time".— Dale Frank, 2023
Dale Frank, born in New South Wales, Australia in 1959, is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. He is best known for his colorful paintings, which adhere closely to his unique mode of biomorphic abstraction. Composed of pours, Frank’s materials have a reaction with heat and time, to create compositions of reflective resin paintings, fluctuating between representation and abstraction.
"The tension of opposites is necessary, strife is necessary, be it even just a 'contradiction'. It is 'war' rather than peace or stillness that demonstrates the changes or flux that is the root of being, of everything, that makes it clear that nothing, not even the most stable seeming is really at rest. The same in Art".
— Dale Frank, 1983
"I disagree with the idea that artworks exist only insofar as they are available for human viewing. Artworks tend to be more interested in pointing out how they exist, act, and ‘live’ beyond the realms of the artist, the viewer and of human perception, a paradox of sorts given the contrived nature of artworks".
— Dale Frank, 2020
"I like that painting can seduce, fondle you, that the content can be provocative, sublime, and an aggressive kick in the groin at the same time".
— Dale Frank, 2019
"Painting’s capacity to appear saturated with the life—and the labor time—of the artist, while remaining distinct from it, makes it the ideal candidate for value production in this new economy, the contemporary experience that is busy absorbing and erasing life".
— Dale Frank, 2019
"The reflective surface is like escapism; it shows the image of something that happens somewhere else. The work, the Art in its pure form, it must be said, exists only when you are NOT looking at it. In a way you never know what the work is, you can never see the Art for what it really is, how it really independently exists, conceptually speaking. For gazing into it, you are reflected back, in all your distortions and hollowness, adding yourself into the mix, disrupting the plane of honest reality. You become the commerce". — Dale Frank, 2018
Frank’s work has gained international recognition including solo exhibitions at the MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 1981 and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 2000. This will be his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, opening February 2023.