Thursday, April 28, 2016

UNO-St. Claude Gallery to Showcase Two Alumni With Long Friendship and Different Styles

Frahn Koerner’s Hanuman’s Truth is acrylic on stretched canvas

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery has announced that during the month of May it will showcase two concurrent solo exhibits from alumni who earned their master’s degrees in fine arts from the University of New Orleans. The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will host an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6-9 p.m.

“Abracadabra (The Art of Gender Illusion)” by Maxx Sizeler (M.F.A. ‘01) considers issues related to identity and gender. A statement by the artist notes the exhibit’s “symbols of boy-ness” and a fascination with magician’s equipment. Sizeler says his work reflects on “the idea of building identity through objects.”

An exhibit from Francesca “Frahn” Koerner (M.F.A. ‘97) includes 22 abstract paintings dominated by striking color, shape, and line. According to the artist, her paintings relate to spiritual and literary sources, which she hopes will in turn inspire seeking truth and meaning through self-reflection.

 Rebecca Lee Reynolds, professor and contemporary art historian in UNO’s Department of Fine Arts, curated the exhibitions. According to Reynolds, the shows feature the work of two artists with a long-time friendship but very different styles. Reynolds notes a contrast between Sizeler’s “largely monochromatic multi-panel paintings…with the dynamic use of color in Frahn’s practice.”

The exhibition will run from May 14 – June 5. Regular gallery hours Sat-Sun, 12-5 p.m.