“My paintings can be slow to see and slow to make. They depend on the interaction between the formality of the rectangle and the richness of oil paint. I look for consonance between what I feel and what I see. All current work is named for the date completed. The Painting An Important Day was finished on 6/26/2013, the day that the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.” View catalogue: Jo Ann Rothschild Catalogue.pdf
For many years, David Fratkin has been interested in pattern as both orderly, rational system and, paradoxically, a means to ecstatic contemplation, visual equivalent to chant or prayer. His sources include distorted images of tattoos, architectural ornament, and in this latest series, the upholstery on a Greyhound bus.