New York

Frank Young

Hal Bromm Gallery

The episode in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which Richard Dreyfus, on an uncontrollable impulse, shapes and molds his plate of mashed potatoes into a maquette of the alien landing site, contains an element of jovial satire on the art world. The scene was an immaculate middle-American family dinner till Dad, through playing with his food, was instantly transformed into an outcast and a metaphor for the artist. Under the spell of an internal, unexplainable image, his need actually to visualize it became so obsessive that his table manners—a sign of his social conventionality—were left behind. His irrationality next results in a mountain of earth and debris in his living room, a further clue from outer space.

The image which persists through Frank Young’s obsessive pastel paintings looks much like the image in Close Encounters, but while in the film the image was a message

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