Susan Frankel’s paintings range from her work within the traditions of still-life painting and pictorial space—with an emphasis on her collection of hats—to more abstract recent work.
Frankel’s vivid exhibition, Here to There, Paintings and Drawings 1984-2012, will be at Elmhurst College from October 9 through November 10. The exhibition brings together selected paintings and drawings from her early period (1982-2007) and the current work she began in 2008.
The early paintings are lively descriptions of hat forms and materials, and employ meshes, dashes, squiggles and lines, patterns and space. Some of the paintings evoke gardens, while others suggest personal and mysterious interiors. And there are hats as portraits.
Her current work turns away from direct observation toward abstraction, but still draws from her deep understanding of the hats—their patterns, how those patterns move around a form and how they create and shift space.
“Frankel is what I could call a ‘pure’ artist, one who is totally and intensely focused on solving the ‘visual questions’ she creates for herself,” said Suellen Rocca, Elmhurst College’s curator and director of exhibitions. “This exhibition is especially significant because it traces Frankel’s development over 25 years and represents multiple phases of her work.”
Frankel earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute, where she also taught painting for several years.
Here to There, Paintings and Drawings 1984-2012 will be exhibited in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center from Tuesday, October 9, through Saturday, November 10. The Frick Center is open days and evenings. A public reception with Frankel will be held on Tuesday, October 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.
Elmhurst College hosts approximately 12 art shows each year in three campus venues. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art, which explores the vibrant, often outrageous, yet precisely crafted works of Chicago artists between 1950 and the present. For more information, please contact Suellen Rocca at (630) 617-6110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.