Playing in the Dark
Frank Juarez Solo Exhibition
at Prak-sis Gallery
Mark your calendars, ya’ll.
I am having a solo show in Chicago.
16 West Ontario Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Private viewing: January 30 from 3-6pm.
Opening reception takes place during first Fridays, February 5, 5-8pm.
About Playing in the Dark
The theme of Playing in the Dark is symbolic for not knowing what to expect as an outcome during my painting sessions. This past summer I visited the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA and saw my first James Turrell Exhibition. At first I did not know what to think about his work, but as I began to think about it it made sense. It is about the experience. The experience of not knowing what is real and what is implied. The installation I keep thinking about is called Pleiades where the room was completely dark. You could not see in front of you. All you could do was to use your other senses such as touch and hearing to navigate the room.
With the closing of my gallery the opportunity to refocus on my studio practice was presented. Playing in the Dark is my personal inquiry on exploring ideas that have been swimming in my mind for months. I am an intuitive painter and the vulnerability of my actions is influenced by my thoughts, emotions, and feelings.