Los Angeles

Christine Frerichs, The news today, 2018, oil, graphite, and wax on paper, 16 1⁄4 × 12 1⁄2".

Christine Frerichs, The news today, 2018, oil, graphite, and wax on paper, 16 1⁄4 × 12 1⁄2".

Christine Frerichs

Klowden Mann

Christine Frerichs’s “interior portraits” are diminutive, closely observed paintings on paper that frame her home and studio, sites of domesticity and labor. They are much smaller than the canvases on which she has often worked, whose larger scales summon landscapes and climates as well as emotions. Indeed, she began making the pieces shown here under the exhibition title “Viewfinder” in 2018 as interim compositions of light and mood, adjacent to the other work; they are now a project of their own, an ongoing chronicle of place and a mnemonic device for the things—often exterior—that come to be stored in the home. They likewise record how insistently and unavoidably political such materials are. Each portrait is specific, almost performatively so: The news today, 2018, closes in on Frerichs’s living room, where a potted plant sits on a coffee table, a tufted chair rests before a bookshelf

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the February 2020 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.