September 17 - January 28, 2023
From the Old Jail Art Center:
“Houston artist Francesca Fuchs seeks to understand an ordinary object or another painting by…painting it. Her depictions are not verbatim, but appear as ghostly doppelgängers created in thin veils of pigment on canvas. Most often, the painted object is one that Fuchs has a personal connection to or that is from her childhood home. She may choose to paint a framed photo of a 1960s dental office, a lady bug rock she created as a child, a framed Piranesi print, or a sculpture of a reclining figure.
For Fuchs’ exhibition Francesca Fuchs at The Suburban at the OJAC, she painted “objects and paintings she did not know in person for the first time,” and instead focused on works in the OJAC’s permanent collection. Perusing some 2,300 digital images on the museum’s online database, Fuchs sought other artists’ works that inspired her. Surprisingly, her intuitive choices were, more often than not, works that often garner less attention than the more “significant” works by any particular artist. Destined to be the subjects of her re-making, her selections are indicative of her attention to things we often dismiss or deem insignificant in aesthetic hierarchal systems.
The enigmatic title is a reference to a past exhibition of her work at The Suburban in Illinois in 2013. Fuchs “re-creates” and references that particular exhibition creating conversations between a suburban space near Chicago and a rural space in west Texas. Simultaneously, relationships echo throughout the entire exhibition as a larger conversation occurs between her paintings of paintings and paintings of objects within the OJAC galleries.
Francesca Fuchs at The Suburban at the OJAC is generously supported by Sunday & Don Tidwell with additional funding from Paula & Parker Jameson and an anonymous donor.
[FRANCESCA FUCHS, Owl from the OJAC, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 22 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX and Inman Gallery, Houston, TX.]”
Reception: September 17, 2022 | 12–5 pm
201 S. Second
Albany, 76430 TX