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Art: Industrial Compositions

By Alan Pocaro · April 9th, 2012 · CityBeat Recommends
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For most of us, a warehouse full of discarded wooden foundry moulds doesn’t sound like a lot to get excited about. But for artist Robert Fronk, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Chicago-based for the past two decades, Fronk recently returned to Cincinnati and took this most unusual gift, combined it with a background in set design and restoration, and came up with Industrial Compositions, a new solo show currently on view at semantics in Brighton.

Fronk’s lighthearted assemblages recall vintage rockets, ray guns, and robots all while evoking the feel of high modern sculpture. The industrial mould’s restricted color palette also imparts a tight formal unity to an exhibition that cannot be contained within the gallery walls.  Fronk’s assembled bas-relief can even be found adorning semantics’ storied exterior. Through April 27. Industrial Compositions at semantics, 1107 Harrison Ave., Brighton Hours: Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. Info: semanticsgallery@gmail.com.



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