CALL ME FRANK
JOHN & JANE DOE
J O H N & J A N E D O E
Liquid plexiglass, pigment, plexiglass, aluminium, PVC Foam and wood
During the late sixties and early seventies, photorealist artists attempted to reproduce photographs using various media. The John and Jane Doe portraits are Franks attempt to challenge a reproduction tool of his age: computer developed printed images.
The John and Jane doe portraits aren’t just striking portraits, or a result of new painting techniques on plexiglass. They represent the battle of man vs. machine. Nowadays, almost everything can be made by machines, and Frank challenges himself to deliver the same results to prove that modern technology isn’t always the best answer. Even though the aesthetic difference between printed work and handmade work is small, the added value of time, effort and passion that go into the second make a greater work of art.
Each piece takes approximately 3 months to make from start to finish, due to the labour intensive technique. That’s why these portraits are limited in availability.
Frank, born 1986
Living and working Erembodegem Belgium
Call Me Frank is best known for his humorous paintings that make clever, ironic, and sometimes dark observations of everyday life. His deliberately clean yet dirty graphic style have an immediate and accessible appeal, while at the same time offering an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships.
For 6 years now Frank has been perfecting his distinctive style and technique on working with plexiglass, and in that time 3 prominent new ways of working with this material have been developed. The first is the technique he is best known for, the paintings on plexiglass, the second are his large scale portraits aka the John & Jane Doe Pieces. For his 3rd and latest technique he managed to perfectly combine stainless steel and plexiglass. The last 3 years he has been experimenting and developing a new way to flawlessly adhere the 2 materials with success. This resulted in one of his latest projects Reflections of Imperfections.
Frank works with a variety of mediums such as paints, plexiglass, steel, polymers, epoxy resins, polyester, wood, 3d print, photography, ceramics, recovered materials and so on. Moving from one material to the other with confidence, Frank states that his conceptual intentions are timeless where as tools or materials are always interchangeable.
The graphic elements in his work, more specifically his drawing style, come from his curricular background. He attended to schools like SISA Antwerp, KTA Bruges and St Lucas Ghent. The subjects in his work vary from portraits to more anecdotal topics. The artist will never hold himself back from choosing between the most divergent subjects that occupy him in his everyday life, even if they are controversial.
One of his goals is to be able to express his opinion freely using his work. This is reflected in his alias, that comes from the English expression ‘to be frank’, which means as much as being sincere and sometimes brutally honest.