David Usborne: Our Man In New York
The day my neighbour used me for a well-hung portrait
Published: 26 November 2007
It is a little late for me to be considering a modelling career, I know. I felt awkward enough pausing between roasted sprouts at Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday as our host fumbled with his digital camera. Please don't ask me ever to sit for a serious photographer or pose for a real artist, especially not disrobed.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
TERENCHIN FINE ART
November 17, 2007 - January 12, 2008
Stripped of attributes and all rhetoric surrounding the body are the naked models depicted in Frank Faulkner's Critical Mass. For his first of two shows at Terenchin Fine Art, the artist presents graphite drawings to be exhibited through December 12. Part Two opens on December 15. The drawings will be replaced with recent landscapes to be exhibited through January 12, 2008.
Faulkner continues his interest in serial imagery concentrated on a specific form. Critical Mass takes this process to a new level by exploring the human figure and the human condition. In studio sessions using live models, the artist ignores the specificity of faces in favor of corresponding genitals: a body part useless for purposes of public identification. A readjustment and reevaluation of the tacit artist-model contract is required of the viewer. The images function as anti-portraits, concealing more than they reveal. Critical Mass challenges our notion of exposure in a new century defined by its obsession with privacy and publicity, access and exclusion.
The exhibition functions as a preview. At an unspecified time, the project concludes with the publication of a bound edition featuring over 100 images from the series. Critical Mass is a work in progress, representing sessions with 23 models, a number that will proliferate until completion.
Opening Party for Part One: Saturday November 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Opening Party for Part Two: Saturday December 15, 6:00-8:00pm
The exhibition will open on Saturday, November 17 and will run through January 12, 2008. The Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday 1-5pm and Saturday 1-5pm. For further information or images, please contact Patrick Terenchin at 518-943-5312.