Exhibition: September 6 – September 22, 2012
Studio 1469 – 1469 Harvard Street NW REAR, Washington DC, www.studio1469.com
Public Reception: Thursday, September 6 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
Extended Hours: Saturday, September 8, until 10:00 pm. Artist Talk 8 pm.
Closing Event with Artist Performance: Saturday, Sept 22 from 7 – 9 pm.
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Also by appointment.
The work of Cordes has always addressed memory and emotion. In this show, he was inspired by his love of sailing and the sea, as well as his family’s vast collection of maritime lore, folk art, illustrated children’s books, animated cartoons, nautical toys and history books, to create a new whimsical body of work. Franck describes a continual restlessness as “suffering land sickness” when he’s been too long stuck on shore. He appeases this condition by drawing, painting, writing, and singing – as loudly as he can – sea tales told to him by his sailor grandfather or hatched from his own fertile imagination.
The romance and hardships of the sea have been present throughout Cordes body of work as an artist, with navigational and sailing terms masterfully woven into art and word, montage and multi-media. He promises to take the viewer–seafarer and landlubber alike–on a fantastical journey: to observe dream-creatures; inspirational figures, great and small; passing thoughts, recollections and meditations, by the boy and the man, on the nautical world.