Artist: Dana Frankfort
Title: Think, 2012
Media: Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions: 14’ X 9’
Location: BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) at University and
Main- Grand Stairwell
Description: 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, Frankort’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.
Artist Background: A native of Houston, Texas, Frankfort, who has exhibited her work since 1999, won a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006, and just a year earlier was featured in her first solo exhibition, What’s So Funny, in Brooklyn, NY. Her latest solo exhibition, Pictures, took place at the Inman Gallery in Houston in 2010. Frankfort currently resides in Boston, where she is a Professor of Art at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
Education: B.A. Brandeis University, MFA Yale School of Art 1997, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 1997, Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1998-1999.