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Head_11_2008__20x16
Untitled (Head 11), 2008 Oil on Canvas 20x16
Head_3__2008__10x8
Untitled (Head 3) 2008 Oil on Canvas 10x8
Head_10_2008__24x20__
Untitled (Head 10), 2008 Oil on Canvas 24x20
Head_12_2008__20x16
Untitled (Head 12), 2008 Oil on Canvas 20x16
Head14_2008__24x20
Untitled (Head 14), 2008 Oil on Canvas 24x20
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2525 Michigan Ave. A5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
January 9th, 2009 - March 11th, 2009
Opening: February 21st, 2009 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.frankpicturesgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
santa monica/venice
EMAIL:  
Laurie@FrankPicturesGallery.com
PHONE:  
(310) 828-0211

DESCRIPTION

In David Florimbi’s 2007 exhibition at Frank Pictures, noted critic Donald Kuspit singled out Untitled (Head) as a “tour-de-force of emotional expression,” which can be seen as a kind of an irony, since the image is almost entirely erased.  He also points to a curious use of the appropriation of classical Renaissance forms towards a postmodernist end.  This was most notable in how the image of the face was, in fact, a reduction or distillation of the essence of the subject.  Appropriating form and then minimizing the subject through subtraction also references Robert Rauschenberg’s, 1953 “Erased de Kooning Drawing.”  In Florimbi’s new show “Portraits” he investigates these same notions.  His own erasures leave a longing and intuitive understanding of what remains.  The key to this work is about that which is left out, that which is not spoken, the negative space from which one infers understanding.  In these  ‘portraitless-portraits,’ we find in their void the essence of the enigmatic complexities of the sitter without ever having known the subject.