selfportraitas, FL Gallery, November 22 - January 17, 2019, Milan, Italy

In selfportraitas I extend my use of art history in a series of paintings, each using as a primary structure another artist (e.g., Frank Stella), artwork (e.g., Gene Davis' Franklin Footpath), or art historic moment (e.g., Futurism). I am interested both in the historic positioning of art along history's continuum and also in its dissolution in our hyper-image age. I work through artists I admire and/or seek to better understand the material and form from which it emerged, and I fold that study into my own work. In working through other art I free associate, imbibing the freedom to multi-directionally focus as the context of my study is altered by daily image feeds, the exhibitions I directly visit, and my reading. For example, in my selfportraitasfuturism or selfportraitasseverini, I started with a pixel grid scale up of a documentation image of my own 2018 watercolor cutoutastext, itself a work using Matisse's cutouts to propel its composition. Through the painting process I saw repetition and movement, which inspired me to visit MoMA to see some Futurist art. I focused on Severini's 1912 Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin, recognizing some parallels in its composition to my own working painting.

At FL Gallery I emphasize the paintings as their own objects with a subtle acknowledgement of my larger painting installation practice. The installation will include a wall of prints of all the artists I referenced in making these paintings. The representations of these artists (mostly photographic) look directly at representations of themselves. Nearly eighty artists are referenced in these paintings (from Titian and Matisse to Dana Schutz and Laura Owens), and also include four of my own undergraduate Cooper Union painting students, a leveling of the traditional hierarchy.

Artists referenced in selfportraitas: Josef Albers, Lewis Baltz, Mel Bochner, Pierre Bonnard, Alex Brown, Joan Brown, Mathew Cerletty, Paul Cezanne, Amanda Church, Chuck Close, Matt Connors, Gene Davis, Giorgio de Chirico, Willem de Kooning, David Deutsch, John Dilg, Lois Dodd, Peter Doig, Lydia Dona, Rosalyn Drexler, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Carrol Dunham, Franklin Evans, Tony Feher, Liana Finck, Matthew Fisher, Casper David Friedrich, Casey Gallagher, Jackie Gendel, Sam Gilliam, Elliott Green, Josephine Halvorson, Valerie Hegarty, Braden Hollis, Jaqueline Humphries, Anthony Iacono, David Jacobs, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Nicholas Krushenick, Federico Luger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pierre Mondrian, Carrie Moyer, Elizabeth Murray, Thomas Nozkowski, Jim Nutt, Joe Overstreet, Laura Owens, Nicolas Party, Sarah Peters, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Arthur Rimbaud, Dana Schutz, Georges Seurat, Gino Severini, Sylvia Sleigh, Josh Smith, Frank Stella, Robert Swain, Bob Thompson, Titian, Amelie von Wulffen, Wendy Wahlert, John Wesley, Terry Winters, Karl Wirsum, Ludwig Wittgenstein, David Wojnarowicz, Eric Wolf, Grant Wood, Alexi Worth, Paul David Young, and Zoe Zirsen.

NYFA Panalist, Painting 2018

Pollock-Krasner Fellow, 2017-2018

Drawing Now 2018 Interview Franklin Evans by Farrah Bencheikh. Souvenirs from Earth, March 23. 




Manet to Maya Lin, Nevada Museum of Art, June 9 - September 2, 2018, Reno, NV (curated by JoAnne Northrup)

Color Compositions, Garrison Art Center, September 15 - October 14, 2018, Garrison, NY (curated by Marylyn Dintenfass)

WOPART, FL Gallery, September 20 -23, 2018, Lugano, Italy

Artissima, FL Gallery, November 1 - 4, 2018, Turin, Italy

Franklin Evans: drawingintheround, Drawing Now Paris: FL Gallery, March 22 - March 25, 2018, Paris, France

Legacy: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Roanoke College, Olin Gallery, October 27 - December 3, 2017, Salem, VA

paintingpainting, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, September 7 - October 7, 2017, New York, NY

The James Kalm Report.  Marc Horowitz at JOHANNES VOGT and Franklin Evans at AMERINGER McENERY YOHE, September 2017

Explain Me - Paddy Johnson and William Powhida Dialogue.  The Broken Toilet, October 2017

Sound and Vision - Episode 60: Franklin Evans Conversations with Artists and Musicians, April 2017

La lama di Procopio, Nuovo Spazio di Casso, August 5 - October 1, 2017, Casso, Italy

American Realness: XLtime, Abrons Arts Center, January 5-22, 2017, New York, NY

Kennedy Artist-In-Residence, University of South Florida, 2016, Tampa, FL

Lecture Series: Jennifer Samet in Conversation with Jackie Gendel and Franklin Evans, New York Studio School, March 1, 2017, New York, NY

Fountainhead Residency, February 2017, Miami, FL

MacDowell Fellow, 2016

Dynamic Pictorial Models 101/Exhibit, March 12 - May 17, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Published by 101/Exhibit - Dynamic Pictorial Models / New Models, Strange Tools catalogue, Text by Raphael Rubinstein, 2016.

Published by Montserrat College of Art - juddrules catalogue, Text by Leonie Bradbury, Robert Moeller, Patrick Neal, 2015.

NYFA Fellowship Painting, 2015

spreadsheetspace, Prosjektrom Normanns, September 25 - October 9, 2015, Stavanger, Norway (solo)

headandhandinhand, FL Gallery, April 22 - September 25, 2015, Milan, Italy (solo)

ICASTICA 2015: Cultivating Culture, June 28 - September 27, 2015, Arezzo, Italy




The James Kalm Report.  Franklin Evans "paintingassupermodel" at AMERINGER McENERY YOHE, 2014

Pencil in the Studio, Maria Calandra Visit with Franklin Evans, March 2014

SVA Lecture  Franklin Evans - Painter, Sculptor, and Installation Artist, 2013

Artteca Interview,  2015

The Front Row Interview.  Franklin Evans: houstontohouston, 2012

MoMA PS1 video Greater New York 2010 Franklin Evans: Paint and Process

Balcony Scene 2010, collaboration with Paul David Young, MoMA PS1

Lush Life, curatorial collaboration with Omar Lopez-Chahoud, 2010 (Richard Price's eponymously titled novel)

Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (S), Trajal Harrell, collaboration on Visual Art, Performed at The Kitchen, New Museum, ICA Boston, 2009 - 2012

c/s/ss: ayearofmagicalthinking - Franklin Evans, 2009, Artspace

Perverted by Theater, curatorial collaboration with Paul David Young, 2008, Apexart

Sculpture Center: Franklin Evans, tumblr Archive, September 2012

Franklin Evans: Studio Visit, Gorky's Granddaugher, August 2012

Eight Artists to Discover, Artspace

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