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View of “Dale Frank,” 2015. Photo: Zara Sigglecow.

Dale Frank

Neon Parc | Bourke Street

View of “Dale Frank,” 2015. Photo: Zara Sigglecow.

In his latest show, Dale Frank, an Australian artist with an extensive exhibition history at home and abroad, fuses his signature pooled-resin painting techniques with eye-popping optical experiments, assisted readymades, mass-market decor, and mirrored and distorted surfaces, demonstrating, once again, his genius for creating fiercely casual acts of visual impetuosity.

Frank’s career began with a bang. In the late 1970s and early ’80s he staged brash, confrontational performances and undeniably striking exhibitions in Australia, Europe, and the US. By the mid-’80s his deftly pitched quasi-expressionist paintings and drawings—fluid, swirling, biomorphic abstractions, for the most part—also summoned Pop and Surrealist legacies with their lowbrow seductions and almost comical allusions to Rorschachian symbolism. Then, and until fairly recently, Frank concentrated mostly on

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