Kevin Frances: Man In The Moon

Leon Gallery

February 15 – March 28, 2020

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15th from 7-11pm
2020 02 12 18 18 02Monolith, Wood Block Print, 20” x 30” 
Leon is proud to announce the Denver debut exhibition of original works from expert printmaker, Kevin Frances. Frances, who is based in New York City, and received his MFA in Printmaking from RISD, is known for his meticulously crafted Japanese style wood block prints. Through his employment of stagecraft, scale modeling, photography, and the remarkable control, specificity, and efficiency of his printmaking techniques, Frances’ work shatters the viewer’s understanding of context and scale, transcending the ubiquity of everyday objects by imbuing them with a nostalgic melancholy.

Kevin Frances Artist Statement: Objects are spread across a table: books, bills, an almost empty cup of coffee, a note to self–“the sun moves across the sky.” Initials are scrawled on an interior wall, in round blue letters, high up near the ceiling–RTHRS.

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.

In Man In The Moon, I mined my life for spaces that triggered a cascade of memories; corners where I ate breakfast every day, awkward doorways and corridors, worn parquet floors. I made small scale sculptures out of these spaces, sometimes realistically, sometimes in incongruous materials, like a corner of a room made out of speckled clay. I combined these objects with projections of shadows I had gathered; light coming in through blinds, hanging plants, a silhouette self-portrait. I borrowed and stole objects and images, like a bird looking for shiny things with which to build a nest. I took pictures of these arrangements.

Kevin Frances is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and his BA from the University of California, Davis in 2010. In 2012 he was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown at the International Print Center New York, the Knockdown Center in New York, Cheymore Gallery in New York, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, and Galleri CC in Malmö, Sweden. He received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in 2016, and the St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist Award in 2017.


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