Church Windows – Ward, SC
84 x 151 x 12 inches (213.4 x 383.5 x 30.5 cm)
“For many years now my work has evolved from photographic images taken on visits back to my native South from Rhode Island where I currently live and work. On one such trip in 2014, I found myself standing at the edge of a field in Ward, South Carolina, photographing an old church set into a grove of oak trees. After several years of revisiting this image, I became increasingly interested in the windows of the church. Those windows, through which light passed and was reflected, seemed to distill the information around and within the building. I built several models and eventually decided to reduce the fact of the building to four arched windows. The marriage of the frames and the images floating on the fragile surface of the glass is an attempt to re-animate, in the gallery, some of what I experienced in that field six years ago.
Frank Poor speaking about “Church Windows – Ward, SC”, 2020
The curator Lia Newman states, “distance, both in regard to time and physical location, plays an important role in Frank Poor’s creative process. He allows himself space from the site and the images before embarking on new work. Such distance often alters one’s understanding of reality … It is through the juxtaposition – and at times the dislocation – of image and form that Poor initiates a dialogue about memory; he notes that ‘memory exists somewhere between artifact and inventory.’ It is in this liminal space where artists such as Poor can create works that, though deeply personal and specific, become meaningful for a wider audience.”
Poor lives and works in Rhode Island. He has taught since he earned his MFA from RISD in 1992. Recent solo exhibitions of his works have been at the Grimshaw – Gudewicz Art Gallery, Bristol Community College, Bristol, RI, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC, Van Every Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, Welch Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA and the CNN Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA. He won merit fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2013 and 2016.