October 24, 2017, by Eric Sutphin.
Louis Fratino’s recent exhibition at Thierry Goldberg centered on thirteen expressionistic paintings featuring richly developed oil and crayon surfaces and predominantly male figures. Fratino combines domestic themes of Intimist painters like Pierre Bonnard with the kind of exaggerated figuration found in works by Max Beckmann and Dana Schutz. There is something both familiar and alien about the people he depicts. While they look as though they might be found roaming the streets of Bushwick or Neukölln, their stylized features and strange proportions suggest they are hybrid amalgamations of memory, fantasy, and art history.