Linden Frederick: American Studies
New York, NY October 29, 2008 – Linden Frederick will exhibit American Studies, a series comprising nearly fifty 12 ¼ x 12 ¼ inch oil paintings. Frederick’s subjects are drawn from his experience as he traveled the United States by bicycle, train and bus; observing the country in it’s most subtle and liminal moments. The exhibition will take place at Forum Gallery, New York from Thursday, November 13, 2008 through Saturday, January 3, 2009.
Conceived by the artist more than two years ago, American Studies is a panorama of individual scene paintings that express and elicit complex feelings without the need for narrative. Frederick has chosen to paint those images he feels depict the mood of the nation. His paintings portray locations that could easily be anywhere, despite their completely realistic origins. His buildings are at once austere in their solitude, and welcoming in the warmth of the suggested life within.
Noticeably devoid of human figures, it is light – from within a motor inn or home, or the colored cast from the shift of the sun – that is the protagonist in these paintings. The artist emphasizes that the original location that inspired each painting is not important: all of these images are at once recognizable, relatable, and uniquely descriptive of the culture of America.
As he travels, Frederick makes notes about his surroundings: these photographs and handwritten observations inform his decisions when he returns to his studio to paint. Although Frederick has created his large-scale paintings by first working on studies in small format, the works in American Studies are finished and completed artworks.
Linden Frederick was born in upstate New York, and currently lives and works on Maine’s Southern coast. He is a Maine Arts Commission Grant recipient and has participated in museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, including those at The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; Portland Museum of Art, ME; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; and the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA.
Watch a Video Interview with Linden Frederick
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue. An opening reception with the artist will take place Thursday, November 13th, 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 5th Floor. The exhibition continues through January 3, 2009. Gallery hours are 10 to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Please contact the gallery for images, b-roll and further information.
Location: New York 5th Floor