Frank J. Stockton

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Los Angeles, CA

What histories, mythologies, and expectations have I inherited through accident of birth, and what might they reveal about my relationship to power in the world? What role do beliefs, memories, and direct observations play? How can we straddle the line between homage and critique of our past while upholding progressive values?

These paintings are the result of an intimate examination of an evolving American identity with a spotlight on the pubescent years. As a result of this examination, a multitude of literary and actual events from our time have been combined with reconstructed physical forms to incite reflection.

Tension between confession and improvisation is the primary generative principle governing my work. False starts, indecisiveness, and attempts to arrive at certainty allow for a coalescing of clarity, diffusion, and uncertainty within the same composition. The countenance of these works is intrinsically linked to the process of decision-making and evolving existential musings on art and life.