Runs from June 2 – August 11, 2018
Artist Reception – Thursday, June 14 • 6 p.m.
Open to the Public
June 2 – August 11, 2018
FRANCIE BISHOP GOOD
My mother and I graduated from the same high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
I am obsessed with both of our high school yearbooks and engrossed with the similarities and differences in the general and specifics. Allentown has gone through transformations and in many ways is a microcosm for much of the United States.
My mother (class of 1942) wrote comments next to many of her classmates’ pictures, for example, “Killed in a mission fighting over Germany” or “Died in 1979”- giving the photographs a heightened sense and an endless source for my imagination.
The hair, the styles, and the self-centered innocence from my own class of 1967, provides me with a limitless source of material for this series. My graduation year was absolutely the last minute of American small-town innocence, and the portraits convey that: the smiles, the personal grooming, and the tidy clothing.
This series is a staccato of media. Cross-pollinating painting, photography, drawing, and collage empowers me with a freedom that I crave. The source material of my yearbook is something very personal yet universal. I am transforming the imagined. “Comus” was and still is the title of the yearbooks from Allentown High School.
These portraits are a jumping off point for my experimental work and digital encounters. Merging and compressing ideas and time, I transform the high school yearbook pictures to a new reality. My influences are varied; feminism, Andy Warhol, Chantal Joffe and Charline Von Heyl to my roots in Allentown and remembering my first visits to see the Kress Collection at the Art Museum to my preschool education at Hess’ Department Store.