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"ROBERT VAN VRANKEN: Silent Paintings"
2000-11-10 until 2001-01-07
Frye Art Museum
ROBERT VAN VRANKEN (b. 1960) explores the
elements of time and space in a way that
masterfully holds existence within the
confines of small room interiors. By the use
of actual architectural elements in his
framing, Van Vranken creates a physical
portal into worlds, partaking both of reality
and of imagination. His interiors become
complex still lifes, confining all nature within
the realm of a small canvas. These settings
exist as spaces in their own rights but also
evoke the whole of four-dimensional realities
captured and contained within their narrow
As the artist states I paint
because I have dreamed of a painting that
would stop the world.
A native of New York State, Van Vranken
graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and
the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been
the recipient of many awards, including
multiple residencies at the Djerassi
Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. In
1991, Van Vranken was a lecturer in visual
arts at Princeton University. An illustrated
catalogue is available in the museum store.
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