Frank Shifreen: Ecstatic Color
April 10 - July 10, 2022
IFAC @ The Yard Lower East Side
85 Delancey St, NY, NY 10002
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00pm
Thursday May 26, 6:00-8:00pm
IFAC Arts and the Yard Lower East Side presents Frank Shifreen's recent paintings at 85 Delancey Street, at the corner of Orchard Street in NYC From April 10th through Summer 2022.
Shifreen is a mature artist at the height of his creative powers who although not well known to the general public has been an activist painter, sculptor, set designer, curator, and an organizer of art events for the last 40 years.
He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions of his work throughout the world. His paintings are an accessible amalgam of abstraction and figuration drenched in color and light. Shifreen is strongly intuitive and believes that paintings is a conversation between the artist and his work.
During his process forms- people, objects, and landscapes will appear and disappear later to be resolved in complex synchrony. After health crises in recent years, Shifreen found new reserves of inner strength to create spectacular new paintings that are infused with radiance and structure. Shifreen recuperated on the beach in El Salvador and the blinding light of the tropical sun healed his body and mind. He found that he could store the light within him like s battery, and then create paintings that glow with the vibrant life force that generated them. Painting can be described as how light travels through the picture plane. All objects we now know are equivalent to the energy of the speed of light squared. Can this equation be translated into aesthetic realization?
Marshall McLuhan described the difference between Medieval and modern consciousness as light through objects, such as stained glass in older times to light on objects, as in scientific observation. The light is within and without the object and Frank Shifreen wants to connect both. These new paintings are joyous and ecstatic.
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