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Post #856 • August 21, 2006, 9:31 AM • 15 Comments

Posted with the blurb for the October show at Dorsch. Update: Forgot to mention - Three Friends on a Corner, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches.

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wwc

August 21, 2006, 10:14 AM

Nice image and good luck with the show. It's a surprising picture compared to what I've seen of yours in the past.

Are they smooth or is there a texture? I see a little bit in the image. I'm thinking Stuart Davis...

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Franklin

August 21, 2006, 10:27 AM

Thanks, Wwc. Yeah, this is pretty different. Not like there was, but there is some texture. And yes, "some of the early American responses to Cubism" basically means Stuart Davis. They have Davises at the MFA, and I finally saw how good they were.

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ahab

August 21, 2006, 11:01 AM

I was taught to play Goa couple years ago and whooped some ass until I began to grasp the principles of the game. The more I played the worse I got - it's a deep game and I find it difficult to keep my game stategy in focus. Now I can't see the forest for the trees.

I'd really like to add some thoughts about TFoaC but don't have time this morning to lay them out.

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Jack

August 21, 2006, 4:38 PM

It makes me think more of ukiyo-e than Davis, at least partly because of the subject matter. You might consider a series of bijin pieces, Franklin, nude or not. Of course, there are no geishas in Boston, but you could try to round up some suitably inspiring females.

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RL

August 21, 2006, 7:15 PM

Franklin,
Nice work I hope to see it in person if I am in town.
My first thought is it would be great to see the work large like 5x8 feet or even bigger
I am just thinking of those shapes of color in the painting would be beautiful as larger fields of color.
Are you planning to have any large works in your show or even plan a large mural because I think the gallery would accommodate it most excellently?

It was just a thought

good luck with your show

6.

Franklin

August 21, 2006, 8:07 PM

...you could try to round up some suitably inspiring females.

No harm in trying.

I am just thinking of those shapes of color in the painting would be beautiful as larger fields of color.

RL, I was thinking the same thing at one point, but my experience with big works has been one of no middle ground - jubilation if you sell one, and the agony of storage if you don't. I'm going to make enough easel-size works to fill the show, and then I'm going to think about a big one.

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ahab

August 21, 2006, 9:03 PM

I mentioned Go because of Franklin's artist statement at the Dorsch site. I like the game but am easily boggled by it. And speaking of Boggle, try the WEB----- version.

http://weboggle.shackworks.com/

There are two things that I especially like about Three Friends on a Corner: the solidity of the colours and the softness of the contours. These two aspects are closely related, maybe more so than one'd expect - it's almost as if the picture were made of inlaid tinted rubber. Where the colours abut, pressing against each other, that's where the magic is.

It is very red white and blue, almost nostalgically so; but the four little slivers of red in the middle of the picture bother me, not as much for their size as their pinched shapes. Those few spots look like vulnerable eyes on the game board.

I'll have to squirrel away concerns about the degree of abstraction for a later comment as I must jet once again.

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jordan

August 21, 2006, 9:14 PM

looks sweet!

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Jack

August 21, 2006, 9:48 PM

There is also, obviously, a suggestion Matisse's latter work (colored paper cutout collages), even though that was more free-form and less realistic. Here's one example (La Tristesse du Roi) from 1954:

http://www.poster-shop.com/images/M154NIb.JPG

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Paula

August 21, 2006, 10:18 PM

When I saw the image earlier today it didn't load completely, then I read the Go analogy and didn't really get it. Seeing the whole image I understand, my eyes keep jumping from one area to the next non-stop.

I must say, this piece is better than Matisse's. So you can make 10 more?

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jordan

August 21, 2006, 11:14 PM

-there was/is a Picabia painting with figures and a dog in the DADA show in the MOMa that is huge with bright colors and a simular flatness. Did you see it ? If so what do you think of it?

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George

August 21, 2006, 11:40 PM

This feels like a painting which succumbed to an idea.

It’s not very abstract, just figurative with no detail. Look again at Stuart Davis, he creates a tension between natural space and the space of the picture plane. It’s hard to tell from the jpeg but the boundaries, edges, feel indecisive, the color just stops. I guess that’s the cut-out look, but these just feel filled in, not cut-out and filled in What I mean is, that you have a lot of colored shapes. They feel fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, not like they are laid down of the surface. Cut them loose. Compared to oil paint, acrylic is really forgiving, go ahead and mess up, I’m sure you’ll pull it all together again.

Maybe I don’t get it but the painting feels tight to me. It’s as if you are thinking about something else not the painting, quit thinking.

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opie

August 21, 2006, 11:45 PM

Looks good; interesting change. This approach opens up opportunities for lots of color weirdness.

Lucas Blanco also has a show opening at Dorsch:

http://www.dorschgallery.com/?page=exhibitions&time=future

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Franklin

August 22, 2006, 12:31 AM

the four little slivers of red in the middle of the picture bother me

Ahab, it's a bigger problem in the jpg than the original. The faces of the figure in front and the one at the left have a lot more hue contrast than is showing up in the photo, and those slivers sit back where they're supposed to. But I also notice that the one I just finished has fewer of those, so maybe they're not helping.

Jack, yeah, I looked at the cutouts after the Davises. I'm trying to let go of the drawing a little bit like he did, and it's not happening for whatever reason. I'm trying not to force it.

Jordan, I hadn't considered Picabia. I'll go look for that image.

Paula, wow, thanks. Can I make ten more? I think so. Here's where we find out.

George, thanks for the feedback. I'll keep it in mind.

I noticed that too, Opie - now the colors don't have to model form and they can do pretty much what they want. Oh, and you can now link directly to Dorsch exhibitions. Alesh suggested it, and I just implemented it this morning.

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Jack

August 22, 2006, 10:16 AM

The Blanco piece shown at the Dorsch link looks very good. It is less subdued or "tasteful" than usual, and feels more energized or charged. Look forward to the show.

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