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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at Fraenkel Gallery

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Petra Bibeau’s review of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The author notes, “[the exhibition]succeeds due to the selected artists’ compulsive desire to create their own narration from a point of obsession with being rather than from a literal rendition of living.” This article was originally published on August 12, 2015.

Bryson Rand, Mario & Danny (Los Angeles), 2015; Pigment print, edition of 5, 42 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery.

Bryson Rand. Mario & Danny (Los Angeles), 2015; pigment print; 42 x 30 in.; edition of 5. Courtesy of the Artist and Fraenkel Gallery.

In Carson McCullers’s 1940 debut novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the twenty-three-year-old author delved deep into the psyches of a cast of forlorn characters struggling to express the human condition through individual experiences. Taking a cue from McCullers’s work, Katy Grannan’s curatorial effort at Fraenkel Gallery features eighteen artists who address similar themes through photography, painting, video, works on paper, and sculpture.

Like the novel, the expansive exhibition explores the deeper matters of interiority. Some of the more figurative work attempts to recontextualize a previous condition by way of revision. For example, Alice Wong bends reality by painting on found materials such as photographs and postcards, transforming the natural world into an alternate universe. David M. Stein modifies existing books in his Unlikely Library series (2008), creating purely imagined new titles—from the absurd to the mundane—that uncannily disappear into a normative context upon first glance.

Read the full article here.