The Scene of a Disappearance
ACME. is pleased to present The Scene of a Disappearance, a solo exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by New York based artist Natalie Frank.
In her first solo exhibition on the West Coast, Frank pictures people in various states of disintegration. Intimate portraits, surreal scenes, and large-scale constructed narratives poke at what it means to be human: the absurdity, desire, violence, and loss or claim of self. The artist turns to collage for the first time in both the drawings and paintings; using scraps of canvas or paper to disrupt the surface of the image. By juxtaposing bits of figuration into surreal settings, with abstract swaths of paint, and constructed three-dimensional elements, Natalie Frank slyly teases the viewer with the body's presence as it flickers in and out of view.
Natalie Frank received her M.F.A. at Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2006 and received her B.A. from Yale University. In 2003-2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway. In 1997 and 1999, Frank attended the Slade School in London, and in 2001 the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Previous and upcoming exhibitions include: The Drawing Center, New York: Rhona Hoffman, Chicago; Fredericks & Freiser, New York; Arndt and Partner, Zurich; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, Space SBH, St. Barth's. Other recent projects include group exhibitions at Istabul74, Istanbul, Turkey; The London Museum of Design; Lu Magnus, New York (co-curator); The Rose Art Museum, Watham, MA; Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; The National Academy Museum, New York; The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; the Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT; Arndt and Partner, Berlin, Germany; and Jack Tilton Gallery, New York.
Frank's work is included in numerous collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Rose Art Museum, Watham, Massachusettes; and the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, amongst others.