Having designed stage sets for operas, as well as numerous book illustrations, Frederic Amat creates artwork that has never been strictly confined to an exhibition setting. His sprawling abstract canvasses are shadowy and mysterious, echoing artists like Franz Kline. Amat’s work is simultaneously playful and poignant, earthy and industrial. His sculptural endeavors tend to be large-scale, immersive installations that engage with public, commonplace settings, and play with audiences’ perceptions. One such work, Teardrops (2010), involves patterning a given space with dozens of glossy ceramic blood droplets, invoking the drama of theater and creating a surreal, menacing effect.