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Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present new work by Sherié Franssen. The exhibition marks the artist’s first with the gallery..

Sherié Franssen's tumultuous paintings transmute lurid color and intimate forms into cinematic orchestrations. Her all-over compositions defy and dissolve boundaries between figure and ground; instead cultivating impassioned scenes that are felt before they are read.

Initially captivated at a young age by the Baroque images printed on holy cards, Franssen continues to reference creative output from that era (specifically citing the appealing chaos observed in Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece as a point of origin for this new body of work) but filtered though gutsy abstractions and blurred, near-psychic visions.

“[Her] massive, vigorous paintings revel in the depth and saturation that are hallmarks of oil paint. In reproduction, their extravagant thick surfaces are flattened and the organization of their vast spaces becomes less easily legible; compressed, her paintings look like firecrackers or chrysanthemums. In person, however, figures can be seen emerging from the depths of paint. Franssen is often inspired by art historical images, from Mantegna to Philip Guston. When one comes face-to-face with her paintings, much of the energy of the elaborately deconstructed and recontextualized canonical compositions carries through, bearing with it the resonance of centuries of connoisseurship and study.”

—Kim Beil, Art Ltd.

Franssen luxuriates in the off-limits; indeed agitating and bringing to the surface that which is compelled by the undertow.

Sherié Franssen received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach. She has exhibited in galleries and institutions across California since 1995 and her work is included in the the permanent collection of Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Franssen’s work has been reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Art Ltd. and New American Paintings. She was born in Torrance and lives and works in Laguna Beach, CA.

 

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by German artist, Christiane Feser. The exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show with the gallery.

Christiane Feser is known for her ongoing series of photoobjects—three-dimensional, photographic sculptures that behave like representational and optical experiments; simultaneously exploring the perceptions of a camera and a person.

Her constructions begin as assemblages of simple materials—clay spheres, paper shapes or sewing pins—that are lit and photographed. The image is printed and then cut-open, folded, punctured or otherwise added to; transforming the flat print back into a dimensional object with its own sense of time and space, shattering the basic tenet that a photograph reproduces a scene existing elsewhere

“Feser overlaps several layers of depiction, and we as observers are not only put to the test but also confronted with […] illusion. Feser exceeds the limits of photography while drawing attention to them at the same time. After all, her photographic constructs are both real and unreal. Consequently, not only do the objects on the images turn into ‘illusory objects,’ ghosts, as Roland Barthes once said, rather the images themselves are ‘illusory states’ which never existed, nor will they ever exist: they are quasi moments of visibility in which ‘time overlaps.’”

—Claudia Tittel

Feser’s work provokes the logical gaze and offers the bizarre experience of losing and rebuilding a frame of reference.

Christiane Feser was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1977. She studied photography at the Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany. Upcoming exhibitions include: Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA in 2018. International exhibitions include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze, Italy; the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany; Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Museum for Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Mönchehaus Museum and the DZ Bank Art Collection among others.

The artist lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany.

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