Beatrice Chassepot, BeArt Magazine: Frank J. Stockton

Review: Frank J. Stockton at Samuel Freeman

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By Beatrice Chassepot
May, 2016

Frank Stockton’s very first solo show presents new large-scale paintings and recent small works on paper since he graduating from UCLA’s Graduate Fine Arts Program in 2015. Wow! would be your first reaction when entering the gallery. Stockton shows astonishing, powerful multi-layered large-scale paintings. In their form and substance those paintings are breathtaking, like a punch in the stomach. The gesture, extremely fast and energetic, and amplified with the choice of one color only, the cadmium red, leads to the same feeling when looking at the Scream by Munch: a rage shouted out-loud. Once that first punch in the stomach passed, you pay attention to the substance and you understand the reason of such rage. There is a constant battle between narrative/figurative and expressionism, between show or tell, between light and heavy, between fragility and strength, between form or content, between the good from the Masters like Van Gogh or the unknown. And Stockton layers those different battles until he finds the right tone and the right balance. The result is those astonishing perfectly balanced and powerful paintings shown at Samuel Freeman.