Artists: Louis Fratino, Ann Hirsch, Jacolby Satterwhite
Venue: Foxy Production, New York
Exhibition Title: Design for Living
Date: May 18 – June 24, 2018
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Images courtesy of Foxy Production, New York. Photos by Charles Benton.
Design for Living is a comedic play from 1932 by English playwright Noel Coward that follows the ups and downs of a morally adventurous threesome. Its title echoes the Bauhaus notion of the total work of art, where all aspects of life are designed, foregrounding a direct relationship between the personal and the aesthetic. The works in this exhibition, by Louis Fratino, Ann Hirsch, and Jacolby Satterwhite, figure this relationship by fusing the speculative or imaginary with the intimate.
Louis Fratino’s passionate observations of friends and lovers have a fictive, allegorical quality. His fields of vivid color and his expressive style recall early Modernist portraiture, although his interpretations of the male form mine a visual history that goes back at least to ancient Greece. He pictures an intimate realm of subjectivity and desire that the outside world infiltrates only through refraction and sublimation.
Ann Hirsch’s bold, intense works on paper open up issues of alienation, gender, and otherness to an empathetic gaze. They share German Expressionist portraits’ unnerving sense of disquiet and flux while remaining utterly of the moment. Mercurial and emotive, Hirsch’s combination of imagination and autobiography redefines the portrait, presenting subjects that are both fragmented and expansive.
Jacolby Satterwhite’s Metonym sculptures are based upon a selection of his late mother’s numerous diagrammatic sketches. Her designs form a compendium that reflects her creative and entrepreneurial drives as well as her experience of schizophrenia. Reminiscent of Art Nouveau design, the artist’s sculptures have an organic, sensual quality that captures mixed emotions informed by nostalgia, longing, and optimism.