Tony Conrad, Untitled – Appleton, Wisconsin

Untitled

Acrylic on canvas

12″x12″

2016

redstripes-copy

Statement

Tony Conrad’s recent paintings take inspiration from the meticulous patterning characteristic of traditional Persian rugs and fabrics. In their symmetry, arabesque embellishments, and vibrant colors, his paintings epitomize the delicate beauty of these woven textiles. Collaged into the composition, however, are images of bullets—metallic cartridges and round case heads scanned from photographs and printed on thin paper. Conrad juxtaposes gender and cultural stereotypes in complex opposition. The iconic symbols of masculinity he remembers from growing up in rural Wisconsin—trophy stags, hunter silhouettes, and ammunition—are combined with densely layered designs of Persian femininity and domesticity. In placing them in conflict with each other, he also synthesizes them in an ironic harmony with political and sexual implications.

About

Tony Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.  Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he now lives.  Conrad’s work has been exhibited in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.  Recently, his paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Samantha Haring – Chicago, Illinois

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. Her work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. Haring uses her studio as subject matter to discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence.

Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring received a scholarship from the Union League Club in Chicago in 2013. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, most recently in the “Art of Painting” exhibition juried by William Bailey. Haring’s work is included in the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5; her work will be published in the upcoming 2015 Midwest issue of New American Paintings. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Here is one of seven paintings that are now in the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection. 

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Marlboro Red 3, gouache on panel, 6″x6″, 2012

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Visit samharing.com to check out her work.

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Chris Norris – Richmond, Virginia

The second acquisition for the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is by Chris Norris. Chris is a painter and illustrator in Richmond, VA. We came across his work at “FIRST FRIDAYS RVA” this past July. First Fridays is a year-round art walk in the Arts District of Richmond. Chris had a show, Hamburger Head, which was a collection of new pieces where he describes his world through the eyes of a character called,”Hamburger Head.”

We encourage you to visit Chris’s website to see more works created through Chris’s alter ego “Hamburger Head” at www.chrisnorrisart.com.

Baby Hamburger Blossom, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 12"x9", 2014

Baby Hamburger Blossom, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 12″x9″, 2014

About 

Baby Hamburger Blossom

2014

The Baby Hamburger Blossom like most of my work is meant to be confrontational. If he was to fit into Joseph Campbell’s outline for the “Hero’s Journey” he would be a minor test for the Hero. (See The Hero with a Thousand Faces) He would be an obstacle. Or even a preview of what is to come. In the mythology or Special World that have created with my work, the Hamburger Head is a reflection of the worst of myself. The Hamburger Head is proud, selfish, and materialistic. The Baby Hamburger Blossom is his offspring and you can look at him as a poison pill waiting to be swallowed. He is obviously ugly but can be read as cute maybe even trusting. He is both grotesque and beautiful.

There are several motifs in the piece that are reoccurring. The flowers are always a reference to nature and the sublime. Basically they allude to the mystery of our existence. Secondly, the targets are a reference to Jasper Johns. They are both optical and allegorical. Thirdly the Baby Hamburger Blossom only has a single eye. Like the Cyclops in the Odyssey he is easily blinded. The single eye implies a lack of understanding of anything with depth, but it also implies a singular driven purpose.

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William Zuback – West Allis, Wisconsin

We are very excited to introduce to you our first of many acquisitions. Our first acquisition is by photographer, William Zuback from West Allis, Wisconsin. “Suspicious Behavior” was first seen during a studio visit at Zuback’s studio, “Back to the Zu”.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection began with a frank conversation between two friends about art and collecting. For the past year these conversations started to evolve into the idea of joining our love for Contemporary Art, getting to know artists from across the country and our resources to begin our very own art collection.

We encourage you to check out Zuback’s work at www.williamzubackphotographs.com.

Read about “Suspicious Behavior” [link]

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.

William Zuback, “Suspicious Behavior”, photograph printed on brushed aluminum, edition: 1/1, 40x40inches, 2012

 

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is based in Virginia.