Christine Frerichs at VOLTA featured on Two Coats of Paint 3.11.13

This weekend at VOLTA, Gallery | KM from Santa Monica, CA, presented  Christine Frerich’s diminutive, thickly painted abstractions. Frerich’s work seemed out of place in an art fair atmosphere–more handmade and personal than the glitzy, over-produced projects and installations that dominate the fairs. But there they were. Working in an intimate scale that she compares to a handwritten letter, Frerichs explores three themes in her paintings: the relationship between two people, sight (and it’s interruption), and the possibility that imagined landscape space can convey emotional transformation.


Christine Frerichs, You and me, Los Angeles, 2011, oil and ink on canvas, 11 by 8.5 inches. Images courtesy of Gallery KM in Santa Monica, CA.

Based in Los Angeles, Frerichs is scheduled to have a solo show at at Gallery | KM in June. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 2002 and her M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside in 2009. Frerichs has taught undergraduate painting and drawing courses at U.C. Irvine, U.C. Riverside and is currently Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design and Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College. Her work was featured in New American Paintings in 2005.


Christine Frerichs, A letter to my adult self on the topic of love, 2009-2011, oil on canvas, 11 by 8.5 inches.


Christine Frerichs, Nude, Reclining, 2009, oil on canvas, 11 by 8.5 inches.

image+18Christine Frerichs, Egress (for Fra Angelico), 2013, oil and ACP (Activated Carbon Paint) on canvas, 11 by 8.5 inches

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