Francie Bishop Good's Comus Series is a yearbook spread roused to portrait gallery.They belong to the artist, class of 1967, or her mother, class of 1942. They belong to the collective subjectivity of Allentown High School alumna. They belong to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to the embodied affects of memory, to the viewer, complicit in present constructions of alternative pasts. The viewer gazes over her left shoulder in cat-eye spectacles, a wide headband girding her shoulder-length flip. An overexposed oil slick hooks her mouth and obscures her neck, coaxing two tectonic plates from the formal topography of a face.
Bishop Good intervenes upon heirloom yearbooks with a shoal of painting, photography, drawing, and collage in a palette rearing between organic and confectionary, tranquil and demonic. These mediations derive from documentation spanning twenty years of the artist's own works, collapsing individual and collective time arcs. Nonetheless, the forms of intergenerational yearbooks endure through Comus Series' successive organization, uniform size, black-and-white, three-quarters views, comely postures, and percolating smiles. Comus remains the active yearbook title of Bishop Good's alma mater. Comus is also the ancient Greek god of mirth and merrymaking responsible for uncontrollable laughter to the point of stitches and, more generally, excess to the point of chaos.
Francie Bishop Good grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She currently lives and works in South Florida and New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Bishop Good is the two time recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, and the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Her museum solo shows include: Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Pennsylvania, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida. Bishop Good is represented by David Castillo Gallery, “Comus” is her third solo exhibition. Recent museum acquisitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.
Comus Exhibition Venues
The Hilliard University Art Museum Lafayette, Louisiana curated by Jane Hart September 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
David Castillo Gallery Miami, Florida February 8, 2017- March 25, 2017
Allentown Art Museum Allentown, Pennsylvania April 30, 2017 - June 11, 2017
Griffin Museum of Photography Winchester, Massachusetts October 2017
Coral Springs Museum Coral Springs, Florida Summer 2018
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