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catalogue for upcoming show

Post #381 • October 6, 2004, 11:57 AM • 10 Comments

Click here to download the catalogue of works that will appear in my show opening Saturday at Dorsch Gallery. Includes fourteen images and artist statement. Adobe PDF format, only 3.6 MB.




October 6, 2004, 8:50 PM

It's an interesting assortment. I like the way Heck keeps the foreground and background so close (tho it looks a bit spooky), and the way Leafy Greens minimizes the background by presenting such a strong subject. Smolder and Slider are also interesting, tho I prefer Slider. Lost Prophet is different, a bit more literal, but something about it is appealing. Backlight is growing on me as I look at it more, but I think Blue Negative is my favorite at the moment. I love the colors and the contrasts, I appreciate the moderate impasto, and I love the activity and vitality throughout.



October 6, 2004, 9:39 PM

I don't think you should have posted these images before the opening, Franklin. I started to look, but didn't go beyond the first image. The real thing is always different from and superior to any reproduction. Those who can go to the opening shouldn't be distracted with approximations.


that guy in the back row

October 6, 2004, 9:56 PM

Agreed, It would be good after the opening.



October 6, 2004, 10:14 PM

Ah, well, you win some, you lose some.



October 6, 2004, 10:33 PM

Waitasec - let's say that I had done up a printed catalogue, and I mailed it out to you guys so that it arrived a couple of days before the show. You wouldn't think that was the wrong way to go about it, would you? I'm in uncharted waters with this particular method of publicity so I'd be interested to hear what you think.



October 6, 2004, 11:26 PM

Great to see these - and for those of us far away from Miami I dont mind seeing them early at all.



October 6, 2004, 11:29 PM

Franklin I'm glad you posted the catalogue. I don't think it detracts from the real thing. I mean if you're going to see the show (which I am) then you still a have the oppurtunity to form a different opinion about a particular piece than when you saw the recreated image. The validity and quality of your work should not be so fragile that you have to hide it away from people until it is presented in the upmost complimentary atmosphere of a gallery. In other words, if you're confident in you're work, you can show it digitally, photographically or in real life experience. Whatever the case may be, they look good.
And ofcourse, anyone with the oppurtunity to see the show should. All I'm saying is, how many times have we marveled at a recreation of a masterpiece in an Art History book without ever seeing the real thing. And when we do see it in person, not always, but more often than not, we are even more impressed. Good stuff Franklin, keep exploring that fine line between representatioon and abstraction; I'll meet you there.



October 7, 2004, 12:41 AM

Posting one image as a sample or appetizer would have been OK; that's what happens with traditional paper invitations. I personally don't want to see more than that beforehand, just as I don't want to be told the entire storyline of a movie or book in detail before I see it or read it. I want the freshest, most unadulterated experience possible. I don't want to go to the show after I've already seen it, which could make the live experience anticlimactic. Nothing should meddle with the primary interaction.

People who can't see the show in person are obviously in a different situation, but they could have waited till after the opening to see your photos. I know for a fact that reproductions can be significantly off; I've seen that with your work and the Scully at MAM which you posted recently, for instance. Why offer people wax fruit if they can eat real ones?



October 7, 2004, 4:33 PM

the file size is still weird. . . the paintings seem to be reduced to screen resolution, so as jpegs they would be maybe 100k each. I don't understand how the file ends up being so huge. What are you doing with the text? Does the PDF come out of InDesign or Acrobat?


Jerome du Bois

October 7, 2004, 10:07 PM


I have sympathized in the past with your disgust for the kinds of contemporary art you have had to endure in Florida, and your existential exhaustion; but I must say you are the most self-centered person I've never met.

Franklin is a working artist extending himself in the world. What are you doing? Jiggling his elbow. Leave him alone.

And we who don't live in Miami must wait until Jack has seen the show itself before we see more than one reproduction? Hey, Jack, wake up and smell what you been shovelin' -- it isn't about you.


Go, man, go. Good luck.

Jerome du Bois



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