Dana Frankfort/Jackie Gendel TALK

June 6 – August 1, 2015

Tops Gallery
400 South Front
Memphis, TN 38103


open Saturday 1-6pm and by appointment

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Tops Gallery, Memphis

Tops Gallery is pleased to announce Talk, an exhibition of collaborative paintings by Dana Frankfort and Jackie Gendel.

Frankfort, an abstract painter, and Gendel, best known for her paintings of oblique dramas, share an interest in the painterly articulation of social interaction and utterance.

The paintings in Talk were created over the past year with Frankfort and Gendel mailing canvases between their respective studios in Austin and New York. Each artist had the task to paint into the other’s work and accept both the risk and surprise inherent in such collaboration.

These two painters have chosen to collaborate along the semiotic and narrative theme of “talk”. Be it written or phatic speech, stuttering or smooth, confession, gossip, getting disconnected, or dropped calls, body language or miscues, the question of where one’s self begins and ends is defined against where another ends and begins. Intentionality is never lost, or even the point. In painting as in language, it’s not simply that what is said or seen is what it means; it’s how it’s said or seen that it means. Anything. Whatever…