76 Grand Street
Francine Spiegel presented seven new paintings and a suite of photographs from a secret performance piece for her debut solo exhibition at Deitch Projects. During the opening Francine enacted one of her messy, sloppy performances in the storefront gallery that visitors could view from the street, shielded from the flying fluids by the front window.
Francine is a painter living in upstate New York whose overall oeuvre seeks what Barbara Creed terms the “monstrous feminine.” Stitched together porno-Frankenstein style, the fragmented females depicted in her paintings are half-alive and half-dead, half-confused and half-horny. Built up from imagery stolen from monster magazines, horror films, or fetish websites, Spiegel’s fantastically seductive hotties look like gory super-heroines. Their abject gazes attract and repel like soggy Medusas.
To create imagery for the seven paintings in this exhibition, Francine choreographed one of the grossest performances in the gallery’s history with ten volunteers from her community. The list of ingredients for the event included: 10 pounds of grits, 5 jugs of pancake syrup, 10 squirt bottles of grape jelly, 5 bottles of Pepto-Bismol, 20 buckets of tempura paint, 20 cans of whipped cream; plus silly string, shaving cream, Fruit Loops, flour, Kool-Aid, glitter, pie, marshmallow fluff, fake arms, fake blood, and chocolate syrup. These materials were researched from Fangoria Magazine’s behind-the-scenes horror movie ingredients and top Gunge Porn websites that featured the best food fetish necessities. The results were somewhere between the erotic and the horrible.
Pilfering this pulchritudinous photo archive and exhibiting her own performance photographs to show off her source material, Fran took full control of her content in this exhibition. These photos and paintings showed women swooning, crawling, or screaming as they formed squeamish teams or piles. Whiny women from old Westerns, sad and dusty sunbonnets, depraved prairie girls, and gawking goody-two-shoes: these were her pop culture female archetypes. Francine intensified her collage approach by creating multiple “vignettes” within each work, scenes that linked together, or moments that just missed each other. Highlighting both her cinematic sources and time-based performance style, this exhibition captured the layers of—pie filling—it took to create one of Fran’s charged canvasses.
Francine Spiegel received her BFA from RISD in 1997 and was featured in Mail Order Monsters, a traveling exhibition of monstrous figuration at Deitch Projects Summer 2008, and was included in Fractured Figure curated by Jeffrey Deitch for the DESTE Foundation, 2008. Her work was also featured in New York Minute at the MACRO Future Museum in November 2009.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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