Dana Frankfort

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Think, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
BioScience Research Collaborative Grand Stairwell 

Capital Building Fund Site-Specific Commission

The letters that comprise Think are revealed, or recede into abstraction, with the changing perspective of the viewer. The grand stairwell at the BioScience Research Center, where the large-scale painting was specifically commissioned to hang, offers several different vantage points. As a result, Frankfort’s layer upon layer of thick acrylic paint, in subtly varied colors, is effectively visually accessible. While working in residence on campus, the artist created over twenty smaller studies to help inform her chosen color palette and overall composition. As Frankfort’s first project of this scale, she fashioned her own tools and over-sized paintbrushes to accommodate her style of painting. Think illustrates the dynamic and energetic effect that art can have on a space, while simultaneously capturing Frankfort’s ability to push the boundaries of her medium.

About the Artist: A native of Houston, Frankfort earned a B.A. from Brandeis University, a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston,from 1998-1999. Frankfort earned a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006, and just a year earlier was featured in her first solo exhibition, What’s So Funny, in Brooklyn. Her latest solo exhibition, Hit or Miss, took place at James Harris Gallery in New York in 2011. Frankfort's work can also be viewed at Inman Gallery in Houston. Frankfort currently resides in Boston, where she is a Professor of Art at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.