Francie Bishop Good
David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Francie Bishop Good’s Comus.
Comus by Francie Bishop Good is a yearbook spread routed to portrait gallery. They belong to the artist, class of 1967 and 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, confectionary, and tranquil. These meditations derive from documentation spanning twenty years of the artists own works, collapsing individual and collective time arcs. Nonetheless, the forms of intergenerational yearbooks endure through Comus’ successive organization, uniform size, black-and-white, three-quarters view, 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 lives and works in Florida and New York. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Latin America. She is the two-time recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Her museum solo exhibitions include Allentown Art Museum, PA; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; among others. Recent museum acquisitions include MFA Boston, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Frost Museum at FIU, and the Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale.