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SELECTED WORKS BY Dana Frankfort

Believe Believe Believe
Dana Frankfort
Believe Believe Believe

2006

Oil on canvas on panel

114.3 x 213.4 cm
Merging graffiti and high art abstraction Dana Frankfort’s paintings occupy a hazy space between verbal and visual communication. Using text as a platform for expressive embellishment each canvas reveals a word or phrase within its sumptuous surface; simple statements such as ‘Believe’, ‘Beyond’, or ‘Paint’ become esoteric starting points for the physical negotiation of painting.


Adapting text as the subject for her paintings, Frankfort distils both the poetic and formal qualities of the written word. Repeatedly scrawled, painted over, scribbled out, and intensified, each slogan becomes abstracted as a series of intersecting lines, curves and angles, their meanings amplified and distorted through the gesture and surface quality of their manifestation.


Simultaneously brutal and ethereal, Frankfort’s canvases draw from the lineage of Howard Hodgkin and Morris Louis in their intensity of colour, impassioned brushstrokes, and linear compositions. The sophistication of Frankfort’s process belies the imperative of her sentiments. The urgency of her aesthetic is contrasted with time consuming processes of sanded surfaces, premeditated spill patterns, and calculated layers of matte and high-gloss finish. Through this considered arbitration, Frankfort frames her text with the complexity of psychological depth, creating a palimpsest of memory and emotive association.
Beyond
Dana Frankfort
Beyond

2006

Oil on panel

144.8 x 243.8 cm
Beyond Beyond
Dana Frankfort
Beyond Beyond

2006

Oil on canvas on panel

114.3 x 213.4 cm
Lines
Dana Frankfort
Lines

2006

Oil on canvas on panel

152.4 x 152.4 cm
Thinker
Dana Frankfort
Thinker

2006

Oil on panel

121.9 x 121.9 cm

Dana Frankfort's BIOGRAPHY

Dana Frankfort
Born in 1971, in Houston, Texas
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2010
Dana Frankfort: Pictures, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

2008
Sorry We're Closed, Brussels, Belgium
Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Aurobora Press, San Francisco

2007
Word, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
DF, Bellwether, New York, NY

2006
Believer, Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005
What's So Funny, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2010
Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, The Jewish Museum, New York

2009
Abstract America 2: New Paintings from the US, Saatchi Collection, London

2008
Funny Not Funny, Bellwether, New York, NY, Curated by João Ribas and
Becky Smith
Untitled (On Paper), Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
a new high in getting low II, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Communication Breakdown, Edlin Gallery, New York/ Galerie Impaire, Paris, FR
Learning by Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program (Part II), Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston, TX
Special Opening, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

2007
A New High in Getting Low, curated by John Connelly, Artnews Projects, Berlin
What F Word?, curated by Carol Cole Levin, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York,
Loneliness and Melancholy, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester
Community College, Manchester, CT
Abstract America, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Late Liberties, curated by Augusto Arbizo, John Connelly Presents, New York
Joe Bradley, Ann Craven, Dana Frankfort, & Keith Mayerson, Zach Feuer (LFL)
Gallery, New York , NY
In Defense of Ardor, Curated by João Ribas & Becky Smith, Bellwether,
New York, NY
Warhol and…, Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Scarecrow, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
History Lesson: Part III, Gavin Brown Enterprises-Passerby, New York, NY
The Jaundiced Eye, Scope NY, New York, NY
Something and Nothing, Exhibition Dynasty, Gallery MC, New York, NY
Open Network: Brooklyn, Ampersand Inernational, San Francisco, CA

2005
Suggestion, Belief, Emptiness, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY
All In the Family, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Glimpse, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
Conversational Lag, Volume Gallery, New York, NY

2004
August, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
Grotto II, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2003
The Light Show, Clock Tower, Brooklyn, NY

2000
New Painting, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
New Work, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX

1999
Red Hot: Painting, Arlington Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
Core Fellows, MFA Exhibition, Glassell School Gallery, Houston, TX