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Artist ID: 2207

Artist Statement - Frahn Koerner
A native New Orleanian, Frahn [Francesca] Koerner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans: majoring in painting with a minor in photography. She has taught Drawing and 2D Fundamentals as an adjunct Professor at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

Koerner is primarily a painter but also uses photography, drawing, mixed media and the occasional installation or video in her work. Her multi layered paintings often combine figures, geometry and patterns from nature along with formal issues of line, space, color, value and repetition. Ms. Koerner’s symbolic art is idea based, often motivated by the universal theme of metamorphosis.

….Paintings of boats— Chinese junks that Koerner said symbolized becalmed seas and a lack of movement, and tiny open crafts symbolizing change. She also painted recurring images of a woman on horseback who, she said, represented movement through time and transformation.
-Elizabeth Cook-Romero; “Di s p l a c e d artists retaking their place” The New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006)

All of her artwork employs both camera and computer as fundamental creative tools.

"As a painter, Koerner uses the computer as a “virtual sketchbook,” a tool for fleshing out ideas. In developing a painting, Koerner may create as many as one hundred computer mockups in which she experiments with multiple possibilities for color, scale, and composition. She begins a painting by pouring paint onto a canvas or wood panel, photographs the initial layer, and scans the image onto a computer. Next, she integrates imagery from a variety of sources in her everyday environment into the mix and manipulates the visual data. She then photographs the painting again and repeats the process until satisfied with the results. A finished painting is then based on the computer data but never replicates it.
Koerner is as interested in the layering of meanings as she is of forms, and the amalgam of images in her paintings represents a personal lexicon of emotional, psychological, and spiritual symbolism. Memory and nostalgia, for example are reflected in decorative patterning that she copied from an architectural motif at a church that she visited in Budapest, while the recurring image of a horse refers to her experience of riding horses during childhood.”
- David Rubin; “Digital Louisiana” Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans catalogue (2002)

Writing, in the studio and at home has been an essential component throughout her process. Recent works have more overtly incorporated excerpts from her journals; also used are key phrases from the #metoo movement and contemporary politics. A prime example is a piece which includes a selected quote made by U.S. Senator Cory Booker to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after her testimony during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nominee hearing. Koerner’s work has recently been described as addressing gender and resilience… resonating with current events.

Frahn Koerner’s artwork is collected and shown in the USA and Europe. It can be seen online at www.frahnkoerner.com

Artist Bio – Frahn Koerner

Frahn [Francesca] Koerner, a native New Orleanian has been making art since she was a child. Koerner holds a BFA from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans: majoring in painting with a minor in photography. She has taught at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.
In 2021 Koerner was interviewed for the Contemporary Arts Center’s StudioV program. She gave a slide show of her work, speaking on "Artistic Expressions of Resiliency” at Tulane University’s Women Making Waves. Koerner’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Arthur Roger Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Tulane University Carroll Gallery, Loyola University’s Diboll Art Gallery, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana; the Mobile Museum of Art and Space 301 in Mobile, Alabama; the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama; the Lamar University Dishman Gallery in Beaumont, Texas, the Montgomery College Rockville Gallery in Rockville, Maryland; the Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy and the Galerie Im Andechshof in Innsbruck, Austria among others.
Koerner’s work is in the permanent collection of the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Arts Council of New Orleans. Koerner was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute and Louisiana ArtWorks. Frahn Koerner Studios was chosen as a Satellite Project for International Art Triennial Prospect.2 and Prospect.3+ New Orleans. Koerner’s artwork is collected and shown throughout the USA and Europe. It can be seen online at www.frahnkoerner.com

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