Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Gallery Show: Bill Frederick: Here Comes Trouble

The Robert T. Wright Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Bill Frederick: Here Comes Trouble.  Chicago-based artist Bill Frederick, paints watercolors and brush and ink works on paper that have an unsettling effect upon the viewer.

Bill Frederick Petro-Canada, 2008 watercolor and ink $4800
Bill Frederick Couple About to Kiss, 2005
brush and ink on paper NFS

"As for the significance of the title Here Comes Trouble, rather than having a specific literal narrative meaning, to me it refers to the undercurrent of unease implicit in the pictures.  I typically make a point of giving the viewer a (fictional) place to be within what's shown, or at least an implied relationship to the fiction within the picture: the viewer can imagine being in a specific place-- filling a car in a gas station, snapping a picture in a kitchen, standing in a yard looking at chickens through chicken wire, and so on. In a few cases people in the pictures return our own stare. I also make a particular point of showing phenomena of subjective vision-- changes of focus, the effects of light too bright or too dim, and the fleeting tendency we have to see double, a result of sight with two eyes --which to my mind underlines our own presence. This, together with my typical subject matter-- long views along streets, empty or austere places, heavy skies, etc., I think creates a somewhat ominous quality for the viewer. To put something more specific into words I think will have the effect of lessening its meaning: I hope the interested viewer will be prompted by the title to see the pictures in a particular light and from there bring her/his own thoughts to them."
Bill Frederick        

Bill Frederick Chicken Pen, 2006
brush and ink on paper $2200

Bill Frederick Dog/Man/Truck, 2010
brush and ink on paper $4800

Bill Frederick Road and Tavern, 2006 watercolor $2000

Bill Frederick Blue Light, 2010 brush and ink on paper $7500

The show continues through June 29, 2012.

Gallery Summer Hours:
May 18 - June 1: Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
June 4 - 29: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 9 pm
Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

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