Iron Pastorals paintings by Curtis Frillmann

Iron Pastorals paintings by Curtis Frillmann

11.6.09 - 12.15.09
Known for his recycled paintings, in this new series of work Curtis Frillmann employs salvaged sheet metal to create canvases that evoke the memory of Chicago's farmland roots on formed remnants of today's industrialized world. Frillmann builds up surfaces on formally constructed found metal canvases to reflect the struggle of savage and urbane forces and to illustrate the influence man has over the land.

In Frillmann's words, Iron Pastorals are, "paintings of rural and natural scenes on discards objects of industry and culture." The title of the series of work was inspired by a book of poetry by almost the same name, The Iron Pastoral published in 1947 by Chicago poet John Frederick Nims. Like other writers of the time, Nims observed how Chicago had outgrown the prairie and lakeshore, expanding into a discordant field of buildings and commerce.

Frillmann explains, "By recycling objects, themes and even the title of the show, I express how contemporary images and objects can mingle with traditional forms, just as the modern world today mingles so closely with the natural world. I confront the idea of what is valuable in our society. While my work shows an underlying concern for our environment, it also seeks to reveal something beautiful. Thus, the multidimensionality of materials, overall image, and message reflect my aim to unveil layers of our reality, and to acknowledge the wonder of how things are so much more than they appear."


Joining the Frillmann's paintings, furniture maker and artist Jesse Hooker has created (3) functional art pieces in collaboration with 360SEE. Hooker's work is created almost exclusively from reclaimed lumber and materials to create one-off modern furniture pieces.
Eleanor and Eleanor B are a settee and bench beautifully constructed from salvaged antique yellow pine slabs masterfully married with the original back seat and interior from a 1969 Ford Mustang fastback.

Lola is a coffee table inspired by the book Lolita by Vladamir Nabakov. The piece is also made from salvaged antique yellow pine and incorporates letterpress inlay from the first line of the novel and has a hidden drawer lined with an original photograph.

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