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Feb 13th

Franklin Art Works presents solo art shows

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Franklin Art Works is presenting three concurrent solo shows premiering ambitious new works by New York artists Nicola Lòpez and g. bradley rhodes, and Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong. Artwork:
g. bradley rhodes
As if You Know Me, 2007
acrylic on paper collaged onto canvas and wood panel
60 x 96"

Franklin Art Works is presenting three concurrent solo shows premiering ambitious new works by New York artists Nicola Lòpez and g. bradley rhodes, and Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong.

In the Main Gallery - Nicola Lòpez: Constriction Zone
The New York-based artist Lòpez will premiere a site-specific installation and monumental drawing that continue her fascination with how technological growth and sprawl are shaping our contemporary landscape.

Lòpez is known for her print-based installations, composed of silkscreen and woodblock prints on mylar, that the artist composes into billowing accretions that take advantage of each gallery's architecture by traversing walls, ceilings and floors. In contrast to her subject matter, her works remain distinctly handmade - so much so that her tires, cell phone towers and highway systems incongruously display a certain delicacy and vulnerability.

Lòpez received her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. She has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad, at venues including the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe), The Museum of Modern Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan), El Museo del Barrio, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Cusco, Peru) and she has completed recent artist residencies at the Headland Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and La Curtidurì a (Oaxaca, Mexico).

In the Project Space - g. bradley rhodes: as if you know me
The Brooklyn-based artist will present a series of three paintings, composed of cut-out, painted and drawn collaged figures and environments on panel, that explore the emotional complications of the contemporary world. rhodes brings together a massive cast of characters to create fantastical compositions that investigate human relationships, social structures, political themes, religious uncertainty, and the psychological drama of everyday life in America. Although reminiscent of the violent worlds of Bosch and Brueghel, the intricacy and dynamism of rhode's works distracts the viewer from his complex and dangerous scenes.

rhodes received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy (Michigan) in 2006 and has been featured in exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery, Lemberg Gallery (Michigan), and Robert Rentz Gallery (Virginia).

Also on view - Qiu Anxiong: Minguo Landscape
The Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong will present his acclaimed trio of animated videos which examine 20th century Chinese history and comment on the ills of present day culture to jarringly poetic effects.

Qiu's animations are derived by filming and later manipulating a series of black and white oil paintings, which appear identical to traditional ink wash drawings. The videos, Fly South (2005), Jiangnan Poem (2006) and Minguo Landscape (2006) feature panoramic landscapes dotted with ancient and modern structures that are peopled with rural figures, armies, animals and insects. A devout Buddhist and student of Confucian classics, Qiu's works are "the paradigm of quietude and detachment." (Chang Tsong-Zung)

The exhibitions continue through January 12, 2008 and admission is always free. For more information, to arrange school group visits or tours, please contact Franklin Art Works staff at 612-872-7494.

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