OTHER VENUES Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 31 May–13 July 1997; Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, 22 July–9 August 1997
Dale Frank is renowned for his glossy parodic abstract paintings. In this touring show, the Australian artist presents ten new large abstracts, produced by pouring paint, ink, and resin over monochromatic surfaces. His titles have humorous and lewd connotations, for example,The Great Artist's Cum Shot. Evening Post critic Mark Amery writes, ‘Each of Frank's works is an act of performance on a bright field of colour … In The Smell for example, varnish is allowed to drip gloriously like golden syrup on tangelo, so you can almost taste it. In The Lost Cave … black ink is splattered onto banana-milkshake yellow as if dropped like a bomb from a great height, with spectacular results.'