For exhibition 55 we are showing new paintings from Bay Area painter Justine Frischmann's Lambent series, works in oil and acrylic spray enamel over sublimation photographic prints on aluminum panels.
Coming fresh on the heels of Frischmann's solo presentation at the VOLTA NY art fair, the gallery exhibition will reprise some of the work shown in New York along with more recently completed paintings utilizing a diptych format and increasing the scale of her panels. Frischmann exploits the juxtaposition of various paint media, along with the mirrored surfaces of her aluminum supports, to extend the formal reach of gestural painting. She achieves a voluminous space that seems to source the light rather than reflect it. She triggers complex interactions that traverse worlds not often associated together: urban architecture, coastal fog, celebrity glare and meditative quietude, and she does so with a mindfulness towards painting's deep history and its place in relation to popular culture, as technological and readily distributed as it has become. Frischmann's imagery plays with time. Something in the light coming off her surfaces preserves what is perennial in the human response while resonating in an immediate way to the pace of contemporary focus. Lambent means marked by lightness or brilliance, especially of expression. Frischmann's paintings are aptly named.
Justine Frischmann was born in London. She received a BSc from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. In 1992, she founded Elastica, a well-known British rock band and performed for 10 years. In 2005, she attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Frischmann has been included in numerous exhibitions at George Lawson in San Francisco and Life on Mars in New York. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Marmite Prize for Painting.