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Frank RodickCurrently living and working in Toronto, Frank Rodick grew up in Montreal where his parents' eclectic and independent bookstore was a meeting place for the city's literati.
Rodick's first body of work was a set of 40 images entitled Liquid City, completed during the years 1991 to 1999. In these photographs Rodick reimagined the contemporary city as a personal vision and state of mind, rather than as a specific location. Widely exhibited, Liquid City opened Argentina's Festival of Light in 2002 as one of the feature exhibitions. After attracting 100,000 visitors in Buenos Aires, festival organizers partnered with the Canadian embassy to send Liquid City on an exhibition tour of South America, which continues to the present day.
During the 1995-97 period, Rodick completed another series of images, this one entitled sub rosa. These photographs explored a traditional subject-the nude figure-using nontraditional processes to aesthetically fuse elements of ambiguity, tension, and mystery.
In 2002, Rodick completed the first set of works from his project Arena, which has since attracted critical praise from a number of quarters, including from Katherine Ware, curator of photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and author of numerous books and essays on photographic artists such as Man Ray and Harry Callahan. In 2004, Ware saw the Arena work for the first time and selected Rodick as one of the ten artists featured in the Discoveries exhibition held at Houston's biennial festival of photographic art, FotoFest International. In her curatorial statement, Ware wrote:
". . . our lives are necessarily rooted in chemistry as we experience the world with our bodies; but the feelings evoked by these corporeal experiences are far more difficult to grasp. Fear, laughter, passion, love - all are beyond explaining and yet are ordinary experiences shared by us all. . . . As familiar as they are, these primal responses are highly complex and not mutually distinct. Using blurred, truncated views of the human form, Rodick taps into the powerful ambiguities of pleasure and pain in his images, forcing us to examine our untidy interiors. Inside each of us, he suggests, is a heart of darkness, a core that isn't rational, civilized, or predictable. Rodick's images bring us into direct confrontation with that physiological self which is, for many, frightening and forbidden -- yet so fascinating it compels our gaze. . . . Rodick has boldly tackled with his camera a subject both fleeting and inchoate, with haunting results."
Public institutions that have acquired Frank Rodick's work for their permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark; the Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Belgium; Lehigh University Art Galleries, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. His work is also part of W.M. Hunt's noted private collection The Dancing Bear. Frank Rodick is represented by the Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York City.
© Frank Rodick (2006) - Used with permission