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Dale Frank Artist, Artworks 2006–2023 (2024)
Dale Frank

The major book Dale Frank, Artist. Artworks 2006–2023 features an immense selection of key works produced over the past seventeen years, a period in which Frank has pushed the limits of his output even further, experimenting with new materials including horror masks, human hair wigs, chocolate fountains, designer furniture, and filmmaking. In many instances traditional paint is replaced with industrial materials such as resin, varnish, glass, epoxies, and fake blood. Designed by Stuart Geddes and Ziga Testen – and featuring major new texts by Edward Colless, Erik Jensen, Amelia Winata, and Georgina Reid – this vast book operates in a similarly radical fashion. Juxtaposing and layering Frank’s works over British fashion photographer Ben Morris’s frenetic, high-flash images of the artist’s home, studio, and surrounds, the book offers a dazzling, unsteadying encounter with a practice and a life that clash, coalesce, and collapse in on one another.

Dale Frank’s paintings are an experiment in raw chemistry, time, and motion. Perhaps the most prolific, radical, and singular Australian artist of his generation, Frank’s work – made by pouring and layering varnish over prolonged periods – embodies the transgressive power of art-making. It is alchemy and abstraction in one turbulent, bubbling, mirror-slick concoction; intensely deliberate, but searing with a kind of dirt-under-your-fingernails psychedelic energy.

Designed by Stuart Geddes and Ziga Testen
Texts by Amelia Winata, Dr Edward Colless, Erik Jensen, Georgina Reid
Co published by Neon Parc and Perimeter Editions
408 pages, hardcover
Edition of 2000

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