Pia Fries, brassen, 2012-2014, oil and silkscreen on wood, 57 x 67 inches, 145 x 170 cm, PF045
Pia Fries, gaffel, 2010-2014, oil and silkscreen on wood, 57 x 67 inches, 145 x 170 cm, PF046
Pia Fries will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Moss Arts Center in Virginia. The exhibition presents a collection of Fries’ paintings that integrate silkscreened fragments of 17th century Baroque and Mannerist prints into a hybrid fusion of figuration and abstraction, art historical tradition, and adventurous innovation. Characterized by audacious color and thick pigment vigorously applied with brushes, spatulas, and palette knives, her abstract works represent a hybrid fusion of painting and printmaking. Intense color and paint advance across expanses of empty white surfaces in a statement about the intersection of movement and stasis, past and present, and art and life.
The exhibition, curated by the Moss Arts Center's Curator-at-Large Margo A. Crutchfield and will be on view in the Moss Arts Center’s Ruth C. Horton Gallery and the Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor.