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Regina Frank Is Present

On The Issues Magazine provides an Online forum for artists to exhibit their art, including moving images and audio, as well as stills. This art section presents exciting responses to major themes of our day.

This edition of On the Issues Magazine presents a mini-retrospective of the art of Regina Frank. Click on play to hear the audio text and see a slide presentation. I welcome feedback from online viewers: emails to [email protected]

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Displayed here are works in which Frank creates spaces to explore equal rights issues. She explains that they use "a huge dress as a centerpiece, or island, that empowers the woman to see herself as larger-than-life." Frank performs in installations wearing the dresses, which signify women's work, in contrast to the computers and technology that she incorporates to suggest work typically done by men. Explicitly political works address "global labor divisions and the pay scale in the textile industry where mainly women and children are exploited," says Frank.

Born in Germany and now living there and in Portugal, Frank's art has been widely exhibited since 1989, including at the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Spiral Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, the Venice Biennale, UBA Berlin/Dessau, the Museum of Modern Art Sapporo, Serpentine Gallery London, Reina Sofia Madrid and many other international forums. Frank's art has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parade, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's, Japan Times, Art Forum, Art Papers, Art Examiner, and Sculpture Magazine.

In 1999, she published her book, The Artist Is Present. (That same title was recently adopted by the Museum of Modern Art for an unrelated exhibit).

"Regardless of the fact that I am physically present in most of my installations for long periods of time," Frank says, "this title, 'The Artist is Present,' is also a reminder of my absence for a part of the installation. For me, presence is a commitment to awareness and consciousness. The title also refers to a present, a gift, a talent that the artist has been given."

More about Frank is at www.theartistispresent.net.

Linda Stein is the Art Editor of On The Issues Magazine. She begins a three-year traveling exhibition of her art in Iowa in September 2010.

Also visit our catalog of Art Perspectives featuring:

Ursula O’Farrell is a California-based artist whose oil paintings explore themes of womanhood. Her work offers expressions of the feminine in large-scale paintings known for their bold colors, gestural strokes, thick textures and highly-charged emotional content.

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

For years, Frances Jetter has made linocuts with political subject matter, focusing on disarmament, labor rights and human rights, about which she is passionate. Weapons seem especially horrific and intriguing to her. The artist believes that no armor can make people safe, and the fragility and mortality of human beings is at the center or her work.

Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. View our mini-retrospective in the Spring 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

In keeping with the topic of Passion, Freedom & Women, Miriam Schapiro is a groundbreaking artist who, in her 60-year career, stepped out of the mold to fight for women’s artistic freedom and the democratization of art in the Winter 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Faith Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings in the Fall 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

New York artist Joyce Kozloff, an originating figure of the Pattern and Decorative movement, in the Winter 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution in the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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