The reflective surface is like escapism; it shows the image of something that happens somewhere else. The work in its pure form, it could be said, exists only when you are NOT looking at it. In a way you never know what the work is, conceptually speaking.
I oppose the entire idea that artworks exist only insofar as they are available for human viewing. Artworks tend to be more interested in pointing out how they exist, act, and “live” beyond the realms of human perception, a paradox of sorts given the contrived nature of artworks.
-Excerpt from Dale Frank interview, Wallpaper Magazine, (London), January 2017
Dale Frank is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. Frank’s work has been included in major exhibitions, such as; Shut Up And Paint, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Australia (2016), Dancing Umbrellas, curated by Sue Crammer, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia (2016), Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes at the National Gallery of Victoria (2015) and Luminous World at the National Art School, Sydney (2016). Frank was included in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Nick Mitzevich. In 2013, his work was featured in Personal Structures at the Palazzo Bembo as part of the official program of the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been included in three Biennales of Sydney (1982, 1990 and 2010) and he was selected for the important survey exhibition, Contemporary Australia: Optimism at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008). A major solo retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2000. In 1983, Frank was included in the exhibition Panorama della post - critica: critica ed arte at the Museo Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa along with Thomas Lawson and Anselm Kiefer. In 1984 Frank was included in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale and Junger Europaischer Maler (Young European Painters) section in the exhibition, Europe-Amerika: 1940 to the Present, at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Frank’s paintings are held in every major public collection in Australia as well as museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Kunsthaus, Zurich. A major monograph on Dale Frank’s work So Far: the Art of Dale Frank 2005-1980 was published in 2007. Dale Frank has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1982.