"And this is why Franssen's paintings so successfully hold our attention. Even after she's applied the last stroke of pigment, they continue to make and unmake themselves before our Eyes"
As an accomplished abstractionist whose saturated gestures swirl across her paintings’ surfaces with great athleticism, it is therefore surprising to learn that, within these very same paintings, it’s the presence of the figure that poses one of Franssen’s greatest challenges. Though she does not paint figures outright, figural elements act as catalysts that enliven her work with an important suggestiveness.
This catalogue was published on the occasion of Franssen's exhibition Driving Into the Ocean, December 11, 2008–January 31, 2009. It features an essay by Jonathon Keats, artist, art critic, and author of Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age (Oxford University Press).
20 pages. 11 color plates. Softcover. 2008.