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NICHOLAS FRANK | artist resume | work | WX shows: 2015-16 | 2012 | 2009 | 2004 | artist website

London 1 (Navy)
Inkjet print on Epson Ultra Premium Luster Archival 260gsm Paper mounted in Rising© Museum Board
Custom-designed and cut maple frame, painted by the artist, glazed with UV Framing Quality Plexiglas
~28” x 24”

Nicholas Frank is an artist, curator and writer residing in Milwaukee. He ran the Hermetic Gallery from 1993-2001, co-founded the Milwaukee International in 2006, programmed INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) from 2006-2011, and is currently Curator-In-Residence at the Poor Farm. Recent solo projects include Western Exhibitions 2015-2016, NADA New York with Green Gallery and Untitled Art Fair with Nathale Karg (both 2013), Peregrine Program and Western Exhibitions (both Chicago, 2012), and dual solo exhibitions at Lump in Raleigh, NC and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee in 2012. Frank teaches New Studio Practice at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He lives and works in Milwaukee.

Frank's art works are often presenting with the framework of The Nicholas Frank Biography, a lifetime project encompassing exhibitions and book pages detailing the history and historical significance of the output of the artist “Nicholas Frank,” within his presumed milieu. Whether presented in museum-style surveys of past projects or as book pages, the “author” is unnamed, presumed by its third-person perspective to be other than Nicholas Frank. Book pages are presented singularly, in frames or hand-bound, without benefit of before-page and after-page or before-chapter and after-chapter context.

Pre-Selfies is a recent body of work presented at Western Exhibitions im 2015-2016. These photographs depict people taking pictures of people, in the late moment (c. 2006-2009) just before selfies became pervasive. They are presented in unique, artist-designed frames that employ planar perspectives within each photograph. Frank recognized that the selfie has relegated to the past a certain quaint ritual, when tourists had to ask someone to help them get pictures of themselves in front of famous locations (or anywhere, really). The subject stands frozen, looking awkwardly like they’re facing a firing squad, about to be ‘shot’—unsure of which exact uncandid instant would be preserved forever. Picture after picture of the self, in front of things. With the shift in agency of selfies, needing no enabler, this inversion of subject is finally clear. Any photo really is about oneself—the backdrop changes, but we travel to every exotic locale in order to witness our own constancy.

His curatorial projects and artworks have been exhibited at the Tate Modern (London); Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne); Misako & Rosen and Lamp Gallery (Tokyo); Swiss Institute, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, 47 Canal and Laurel Gitlen (New York); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia); Pepin Moore and Angstrom Gallery (Los Angeles); Locust Projects (Miami); Peregrine Program, Western Exhibitions, Suitable, Hyde Park Art Center, Rowley Kennerk and Golden Age (Chicago); MOCAD (Detroit); Poor Farm, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Green Gallery, Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Milwaukee Art Museum (Wisconsin); among others.

Recent solo projects include NADA New York with Green Gallery and Untitled Art Fair with Cumulus Studios (both 2013), Peregrine Program and Western Exhibitions (both Chicago, 2013), and dual solo exhibitions at Lump in Raleigh, NC and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee in 2012.

Recent curation includes Modalities: Nelly Agassi, Assaf Evron, Amikam Toren, Steve Wetzel and Sara Caron at the Poor Farm, Little Wolf, WI; Milwaukeeists: 1996-2006 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery; Forrest Myers: Domesticated Monumentalism at Lynden Sculpture Garden; Dan Torop at Green Gallery; and two touring exhibitions, Jennifer Bolande: Landmarksat INOVA, Institute of Contemporary Arts (University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia) and the Luckman Gallery (California State University-Los Angeles); and Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism at INOVA, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

He has written on art and other subjects for Possible Press, NYFA.com, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Purple, X-tra, Artpapers and other publications. Recent catalogue essays include David Foster Wallace: Nicholas Frank speaks with Brooke Kanther for the catalogue for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Will Pergl: The Divided Self, Nelly Agassi: Inhabiting the Unfamiliar Self, Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey,
Jennifer Bolande: Concentrated Space, and What Made Milwaukee Famous (Milwaukeeists: 1996-2006).