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Guest juror Virgil Marti accepted an enlargement from one of Frank’s notebooks– congratulations!
Frank and I have scanned drawings from about thirty of his notebooks (a few dozen to go), and for the second year in three, a 24×30 blow-up print made the show. This year’s also sold– congratulations to Frank! The last drawing in the notebook he is holding (dated from today while he was waiting along the lakefront for the opening) looks to belong in next years show!
January 2012 update:
Through Lee Steadman, director of Erie’s City Center Arts, I was able to make copy photos and scans from 32 of Frank’s notebooks:
Frank lives in a low income apartment building in downtown Erie. We missed seeing him in person before Christmas when Stairways Behavioral Health had their annual art sale, but purchased a 3×4 inch etching of his. It shows “Gretta Groupie,” a recurring character in Frank’s work whom he told me comes from a comic strip in Circus, a 70’s rock and roll magazine. That era seems to have been a formative influence, and Frank has vintage cassette tapes of himself reciting poetry and playing guitar. Music is an animating force for his art-making, and he talks about music playing in his head while he often draws in silence. He also likes to attend outdoor concerts (especially Erie’s annual Blues and Jazz Festival), and draw to the live music. I found an old issue of Circus [July 1970 issue], and here (I hope under “fair use”) is the original Gretta, and our etching purchase from last year (middle row right), and three Grettas from Frank’s notebooks:
|© Circus Magazine/ G Mallard||all other images © Frank Novel|
As luck, at least for me would have it, I ran into Frank Novel in a Wendys. It was clear from the staff interactions that Frank is a regular, and as always he was carrying one of his sketchbooks full of drawings. Of course, I wouldn’t dream of letting Frank eat his hamburger in peace…
|(notebook page) © Frank Novel||(notebook page) © Frank Novel|
From Frank’s 2009 exhibition at the Erie Art Museum:
|artworks © Frank Novel|