A Still Life Tradition in the Digital Age

If you’ve ever seen the work of Lisa Frank, you’ve likely found yourself mesmerized by the way the artist manipulates photographs of nature into complex, detailed, often-repeating patterns.

Frank’s latest exhibition, STILLEVEN, running through June 30 at the James Watrous Gallery, features these tight-knit, wallpaper-like compositions. But the show also reveals a body of work influenced by seventeenth- and eighteen-century Dutch still life paintings.

Dutch still life painters of this period often depicted scenes featuring flowers, food and elements of nature—all elements that hint at the passage of time. 

Frank’s compositions reference this tradition with their dark backdrops, carefully positioned subjects and sense of lushness teetering on the verge of decay. They incorporate an incredible range of photography she’s shot across Madison—reptiles from the Henry Vilas Zoo, cacti from the UW Greenhouse, birds from Olbrich Botanical Gardens—and elsewhere.

She combines elements from the natural world in ways they wouldn’t exist without this

Article source: http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Liberal-Arts/June-2013/A-Still-Life-Tradition-in-the-Digital-Age/

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