Francesco Longenecker

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"Scavengers" 60"x72"
Francesco
Longenecker
Artist's Statement

My paintings depict an exotic place that is simultaneously growing and decomposing. These places become swamps or frozen gardens populated by implied figures and architecture that play out a visual drama between a deep and collapsed space. Plant-life figures and anatomical armatures grow and melt into each other, freezing and thawing again. There is an unfamiliar quality to these landscapes as if the viewer is discovering a place for the first time, like Lewis and Clarke. There is a hide and seek element in these paintings that is reminiscent of putting a puzzle together. Multiple eye levels convey a sense of background spilling into foreground. The familiar landscape has been undone and sewn back together to create a Frankenstein terrain.

Bio/Resume

Education:
2007 M.F.A. New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2005 B.F.A. Kendal College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Exhibitions:
2010 Bodies/Water exhibition, Eden Rock Gallery, St Barths
2009 What it is Not, CAVE Gallery, Detroit, MI
Sotheby’s Take Home a Nude exhibition and auction, New York, NY
Exquisite Corpse exhibition, Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY
Deck the Walls group exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art Benefit, New York, NY
2008 Paintings, Solo Exhibition , RARE, New York, NY
Red Badge of Courage Revisited, Newark, NJ
Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Core Club exhibition, MuseumTower, New York, NY
2007 Quint Contemporary Art, Art Miami, Miami, FL
CAA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY
MFA Thesis Show, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY