The Bowery Gallery is pleased to present "Locked into Place by Line, Form and Color," a selection of paintings, drawings and collages by Stephanie L. Franks.
Each painting of Stephanie Franks might be compared to a journey, a voyage of discovery. The journey begins as paint is applied. Ahead lies a maze of infinite possibilities. Marks are made, points of reference established , observation fuels the direction: a selected view of the studio, a set up, a still life, objects that serve to anchor the eye while surrounding structures establish the space. The magic of painting is underway. At some point a second stage of activity joins the flow, a kind of breaking down of much that has been done thus far; a type of distillation to seek what is essential in all that has been conjured up through the lines, marks, planes, colors, luminosity, transparency, through the stuff of painting.
A sense of tension permeates the whisper of atmospheric space which is locked into place by line, form and color. Painted forms and linear elements define place and also speak of the struggle engaged in during their execution. The use of color whether muted or fully saturated generates luminous harmonies, a visual equivalent to operatic duets.
The same can be said of Franks's drawings apart from the fact that rather than being composed of colorful hues, they are a feast of contrasting blacks and whites with degrees of gray; and yet they seem suffused with a sense of color. Their imagery evolves through a process of putting down and then carving away combined with acts of replacement. Things emerge and dissolve into their surroundings, questioning form and the very nature of existence.
Stephanie L. Franks has had solo shows at the Bowery Gallery, Tompkins College Center Gallery at Cedarcrest College, and the President's House Gallery at the Chautauqua Institute. Among numerous group exhibitions, her work was included in Four Artists From New York at the Higashi Hiroshima Museum along with other exhibitions in Japan. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the National Academy Museum in NY, the New Bedford Art Museum, the Ise Cultural Foundation, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College. She was the youngest American Artist to represent America at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. Her work has been reviewed in the Philadelphia Enquirer, East Hiroshima News, Yomiuri of HIroshima and various other publications. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant along with residencies at Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA at Queens College as well as having studied at the NY Studio School and Yale Norfolk. She was a Professor for many years at Pratt I