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Fraenkel Gallery Presents: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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May 23, 2015

The artistic power of contemporary photography is to be found in its ability to depict the deepest emotions of human beings. Of course, this can be done only by professional artists, but when it comes to exposing the figures’ deepest emotions and thoughts, the evolution of contemporary photography perfectly shows how the use of different photography techniques may express our emotions, social behavior, political and social contexts, and much more. Based on Carson McCullers’ novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and the poem that inspired it, The Lonely Hunter, written by Fiona MacLeod (aka William Sharp), the Fraenkel Gallery from San Francisco is organizing a group exhibition that will bring together some amazing photographers. The show is entitled (as a reference to the novel) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and is curated by Katy Grannan.

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Dru Donovan – Untitled, 2009. Pigment print

Contemporary Photography at Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery from San Francisco has presented almost 300 exhibitions exploring photography and its relation to other arts, since 1979.  Because mediums’s brief history lends itself to examination backward, forward, and sideways in time, the gallery has presented exhibitions by artists as diverse as Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, the Bechers, Adam Fuss, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Sol LeWitt. For the The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the Fraenkel Gallery will present photographs and other objects by 18 artists, all of whom are being shown at the gallery for the first time. The title of exhibition perfectly describes the main subjects of the artworks that will be exhibited – it’s about human emotions and people’s position in the complex network of social interactions. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter will feature works by: David Alekhuogie, Zak Arctander, Elizabeth Bick, Matthew Connors, Dru Donovan, J.W. Fisher, Curran Hatleberg, Fumi Ishino, Dwight Mackintosh, Christopher Miner, Bryson Rand, Heather Rasmussen, Judith Scott, David M. Stein, Ray Vickers, Didier William, Alice Wong, and Ying Gee Zhou.

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Elizabeth Bick – Ela in November, 2013. Pigment print

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Fraenkel Gallery

The works selected for the exhibition The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Fraenkel in San Francisco resonate with pathos, obsession, and vulnerability, and speak to a fundamental source of artistic inspiration: the heart’s private longing. The artists’ ages and backgrounds vary widely; likewise, the works presented in the exhibition will encompass a wide range of media, including contemporary color and black-and-white photography, figurative and abstract painting, line drawing, mixed-media work, books, video, and sculpture made with found materials. For example, David Alekhuogie’s multi-disciplinary practice is centered on investigates memory, technology, media, and power. On the other hand, Ying Gee Zhou (who is also a painter) uses fashion and entertainment magazines as source material, translating a static ad into a dynamic portrait. The backgrounds of artists are really completely diverse.

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Curran Hatleberg – Blue Suit, 2012. Pigment print

Fraenkel Gallery Presents: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The exhibition The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, featuring 18 extraordinary artists, is curated by Katy Grannan. It doesn’t matter if you are a collector or art lover – amazing artworks that will be exhibited in Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco simply must be seen. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter exhibition will be on view from June 4th until August 22nd in Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Featured Image: Dwight Mackintosh – Untitled (Figure with hands)[detail], 1998. Ink on Paper

All images courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.