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Frank Gerritz

Stark Gallery

There’s something delirious about Frank Gerritz’s new drawings: What at first looks like a uniform, impassive, metallic panel divided into rectangles with machine-made precision is discovered on closer inspection to be a finely grained, handmade, multilayered surface. The drawings require time to be truly seen, and the more time we give them the more startling they become. Each has a subtly different structure and its own magical force, even inner life. The dense graphite sheen refracts natural light (and the viewer’s reflection) into a subtle, transcendentally “shady” radiance that is constantly changing. Light restlessly struggles to escape the graphite but is unable; the medium holds it captive.

Gerritz’s abstractions are full of Cézannean sensations, fixed in the amber of the graphite but still vibrating. They are not only expressively complex and art-historically self-conscious but

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