Other People's Studios: Karen
Japanese woodblock print
2011
48 x45cm

Kevin Frances

Kevin Frances (b.1988, Los Angeles, USA) studied: BA Fine Art at University of California, USA (2006-2010) and MFA Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design, USA (2011–13). Selected group exhibitions include: Contemporary Moku Hanga, Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, USA (2016); Negative Space, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York (2015) and The Big Picture Show, International Print Center New York, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, USA (2014). Recent prizes include: Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking (2016) and Skowhegan/RISD Matching Fellowship (2012). He lives and works in Boston, USA

Frances uses traditional Japanese woodcut techniques to create his interior scenes, devoid of people but full of the evidence of their lives. He says, “Ordinary objects and events, things we have held in our hands a thousand times, paths we walk every day, have incredible potential – the potential to knock our perception off kilter, to make us see things anew, the potential to tell us a story, an epic in the scratches on a coffee table. My work is about the made world, probing the world of objects, their cultural significance, what they can tell us about a person, that transformational moment when they transcend bland reality and become new and strange, and that shimmering edge in between those two states of mind.”

 

You can see Kevin Frances' work at Vane


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