The Brooklyn based artist Karl Francke's sense of portraiture came from old movies on late night television, where the paintings of dead ancestors were haunted with moving cut-out eyes. His own work echoes that paradoxical voyeurism.
Francke injects himself into the subject, sharing space beneath the skin and behind the eyes. It is a hell
which is enjoyed, but ultimately escaped. Through his work, we share a prolonged and rewarding intimacy with people we'd normally not feel comfortable sharing an elevator with- while suspecting that the portraits may be, at that very moment, thinking the very same of us.
Karl Francke attended North Carolina School of the Arts and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1991. He has been included in various exhibitions throughout the U.S. This is his first one- person exhibition at Heskin Contemporary.