Thierry Goldberg is pleased to present With everyone, a solo exhibition of works by Louis Fratino. The show opens on October 14th with a reception from 6 to 8pm and will run through November 13th.
Louis Fratino’s paintings are a blend of beauty, sadness, and humor. Drawing upon memories of particular places, Fratino mixes these three ingredients into poignant tableaux that manage to be both hyper- specific and imminently relatable.
Having grown up in rural Maryland, which inspired an appreciation and reverence for the outdoors, Fratino cites his childhood as a primary influence on his work. Scenes of family gatherings, woodland explorations, and erotic intimacies all stem from memories, but contain an emotional component that transform the personal into something more universal.
While Fratino doesn’t shy away from depicting the more somber parts of life—characters are often shown with tear-streaked cheeks—he’s also keen on using color, crowds, and chaos to enliven compositions. This exhibition of small-scale paintings focuses on instances of affinity and vulnerability. These moments, while brief, act as touchstones for grander narratives, and encapsulate the voyageable voyeurism that runs throughout Fratino’s practice.
As the artist would say, “My work is an attempt to stir up memories or smells in a viewer. I want people to see something they identify and feel, even though the image may be of people they cannot recognize or places they have never been.”
Louis Fratino (b. 1993, Maryland), currently lives and works in New York. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He recently completed a Fulbright research Fellowship in Painting in Berlin, DE, and has also concluded the Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship at the Yale Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, CT. He has had a solo show at Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD), and has had his work featured in exhibitions at Maryland Institute of Art (Baltimore, MD); Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), Current Space (Baltimore, MD), and SessionSpace (Oakland, CA), among others.
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