Front Gallery

Young Frankensteins

February 24 through April 3, 2016
Opening reception: February 24, 2016, 6-8pm

Joakim Ojanen, "Untitled Portrait 2" (detail), 2015, oil on canvas, 39 x 45 i.... Image #93
Jaqueline Cedar, "Walk, not run", 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Image #399
Hannah Barrett, "Frog", 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches. Image #398
Austin Eddy, "Flying-Fingers, City-Face (Spiral)", 2016, Flashe on paper on c.... Image #402
Austin Eddy "Flying-Fingers, City-Face (Yellow)", 2015, Flashe on paper on ca.... Image #403
Austin Eddy, "The Kiss", 2015, plaster, resin, string, copper, paper mache, e.... Image #404
Annie Hémond Hotte, "Eyes for Tits (Four Eyes)", 2015, Oil paint on canvas, 2.... Image #405
Sarah Faux, "Dig me out", 2015, oil on canvas, 72 x 56 inches. Image #406
Nicasio Fernandez, "Smoking Fish #23", 2015, Acrylic on ceramic and cigarette.... Image #407
Nicasio Fernandez, "Up Up and to the Grocery Store", 2015, Acrylic, oil on ca.... Image #408
Nicasio Fernandez, "Double Dix", 2015, Acrylic, oil, shower curtain on canvas.... Image #409
Shara Hughes, "I Can’t Stand Quicksand", 2014, oil on canvas, 54 x 56 inches. Image #410
David Humphrey, "Washing Up", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 54 inches . Image #411
Ivanco Talevski, "In the Mouth", 2014, oil on linen, 25 x 22 inches. Image #412
Jeremy Roby, "Broken, Bent, and Leaning", 2015, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 35.5. Image #413
Jeremy Roby, "The hope of even seeing you", 2015, oil on canvas, 22 x 26 inches. Image #414
Jeremy Roby, "Just Sit There and Deal With It", 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 .... Image #415
Peter Schenck, "Clear and Present Danger", 2014-15,  Acrylic and charcoal on .... Image #416
Shara Hughes, "Loosey Goosey", 2014, Oil, acrylic, enamel, and spray paint on.... Image #417
Ivanco Talevski, "Taking It, 2012, oil on linen, 13 x 5 inches. Image #418
Ivanco Talevski, "The Kiss", 2012, oil on canvas, 15 x 15 inches. Image #419
Annie Hémond Hotte, "The Feminist (Machine Guns)", 2015, Oil paint and oil ba.... Image #420
Annie Hemond Hotte, "The Prude Exhibitionist", 2016, Oil paint, oil bars and .... Image #421
Joakim Ojanen, "Untitled Portrait 1", 2015, oil on canvas, 39 x 45 inches. Image #422
Joakim Ojanen, "Untitled Portrait 2", 2015, oil on canvas, 39 x 45 inches. Image #423
Joakim Ojanen, "Rednose", 2015, stoneware . Image #424


Young Frankensteins
Hannah Barrett, Jaqueline Cedar, Austin Eddy, Sarah Faux, Nicasio Fernandez, Annie Hémond Hotte  Shara Hughes, David Humphrey, Joakim Ojanen, Jeremy Roby, Peter Schenck, Ivanco Talevski, Alexi Worth 
Curated by Peter Schenck

“I live because this poor half-crazed genius, has given me life. He alone held an image of me as something beautiful [...]”

so says the Monster in Mel Brook’s film Young Frankenstein.

Victor Frankenstein built his monster piece by piece, breathing life into his creation through the use of science, ambition, and his own obsessive curiosity.  Frankenstein furiously experimented with all manners of modern scientific techniques until he had achieved his goal: to create something living from the dead.  

Much like Dr. Frankenstein, the artists assembled in Young Frankensteins implement off-kilter, unconventional, aesthetic techniques in order to build and sustain their creatures within a material reality.  Beyond the walls of their own individual studio laboratories is a shared sense of urgency to paint and sculpt a human form for the 21st century.  

Taking up the torch from influential artists like Louise Bourgeois, Robert Crumb, Philip Guston, Alice Neel, and Peter Saul, the artists in this exhibition work madly to devise idiosyncratic and imaginative new anatomies and visual languages. They flatten, stretch, wind and obscure bodies, building golems which command our attention over the noise of today’s image-saturated culture.

Young Frankensteins offers a fresh platform for reflecting on the human condition. The figures that inhabit this collection of work have the strength required to battle life’s ugliness, and the tenacity to reveal its beauty. While they may not look pretty—or even human—their suffering and strangeness deeply resonates with what continues to perplex and amaze us about our own behaviors and existence:

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” 
― Mary Shelley’s Monster, Frankenstein

By Peter Schenck