American painter Linden Frederick will collaborate with fifteen of America’s most celebrated writers for Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a multidisciplinary exhibition of fifteen new paintings and original short fiction, on view from May 11 through June 30, 2017 at Forum Gallery in New York City.
A roster of America’s most renowned, celebrated, and honored authors were invited by Linden Frederick to write a work of short fiction inspired by one of fifteen paintings in Night Stories. Such a collaboration is an unprecedented concept for both Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery.
The 15 authors whose fiction will be featured in Night Stories are:
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See)
- National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog)
- National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House)
- National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End)
- Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles series)
- Academy Award-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
- Kirkus Prize-winner Lily King (Euphoria)
- Edgar Award-winner Dennis Lehane (Mystic River)
- Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry (The Giver)
- PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto)
- New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice (Crazy in Love)
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls)
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge)
- Academy Award-winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs)
- PEN USA Award-winner Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone)
In Night Stories, Linden Frederick’s paintings are nocturnal visions of rural and small-town America, and imbued with a rich sense of mystery, both “ominous and sublime” (Maine Home & Design). Frederick’s signature style has drawn comparisons to that of Edward Hopper; except in Frederick’s work a human presence is only suggested.
“From concept to initiation, this project has been seven years in the making,” says Linden Frederick. “My paintings have a strong narrative element. The growing number of authors, screenwriters, and playwrights collecting my work, and the resulting conversations with them as to why they are connecting so strongly to it as storytellers, made me decide an exhibit defining and honoring that connection could broaden the traditional art viewing experience and provide a cross-cultural entry point for a wider audience.”
A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.
Night Stories opens in May 2017 at Forum Gallery in NYC, before traveling to CMCA.
Night Stories in Modern Magazine, Spring 2017.