Larry S. Frankel is a New York City based photographer specializing in landscapes and cityscapes. He received his B.S. from Boston University and his Masters of Arts in Photography from New York University/International Center for Photography.
Frankel has always been interested in the photograph and its relationship with truth and time. Does a photograph portray truth? Can an image expand itself into a different dimension of time and space rather then be based upon the fraction of time it took to create it? He uses various techniques to alter landscapes and cityscapes into imagery that represents a new reality dealing with these ideas.
Frankel began to explore and create art with underlining expressions of Jewish values when he joined the Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York, where he has exhibited his work for the past eight years.
His color photograph The Library, 2012 (20”x24”), featured in a curated exhibition entitled The Sexuality Spectrum at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York was acquired by the museum in 2012 for their permanent collection. Here Frankel created an insightful self-portrait by photographing a shelf of his personal books. His choice and mixed arrangement bespeaks his interest in and commitment to both his religious values and his deeper understanding of his own sexuality. Mishkan T’filah for Travelers is arranged with Gender Outlaw, Queer Theory, and The Complete Artscroll Siddur. He also created “Sukkoth Panel” which is in the Permanent Collection of the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC.
Frankel participated in Art Kibbutz on Governors Island in the summer of 2015, focusing on Shmita and the number seven. His photographic collages Field Seeds and Omer were featured in the Shmita Artfest in August 2015.
His recent work, including Tzedakah boxes bearing images of New York’s homeless and The Choice You Make is the One You Own, 2015 (Photo printed on aluminum, 20” x 24”) will be included in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Exhibit Evil: A Matter of Intent, running from September 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. Pairing good and evil, Frankel’s photographs grapple with moral issues intrinsic to his work. He challenges us to consider the actions we take in pursuit of good or evil and to counter evil in our midst. Frankel says “If one fails to act positively, when encountering an act of evil, is that omission in and of itself a form of evil? We are required to accept responsibility for the consequences caused by our decisions.”
A photograph from his series FootLoose FanceyFree, which visually juxtaposes the ephemerality of man with the permanence of nature, will be included in a curated exhibition by Aimee Rubensteen (and curatorial advisor Yona Verwer) in October 2015 at the Manny Cantor Center on New York City’s Lower East Side.
Frankel has also worked as an artist-in-residence with the Hudson River Museum teaching photography in the Yonkers Public School system.
2015 “Siblings”, Artists’ Beit Midrash, The Davis Mansion, New York, NY
2014 “Transformation”, Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
2013 “Photography Takes Over”, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY
2013 “Blue Door Gallery”, Yonkers, NY, Juried Exhibit: Mr. Bartholomew Bland, Juror, Curator, Hudson River Museum
2012/13 “Sex and Sexuality”, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY
2012 “Sukkoth Panel”, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
2010 “Blue Door Artist’s”, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2006 “Photography 2006,” Hopper Art Center, Nyack, NY
2004 “Before + After”, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
2004 “Neuberger Museum, Photography Benefit,” Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
2004 “Imaging The River”, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2003 “Group Exhibit”, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY
2002 “Life Of The City”, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
2002 “REACTIONS”, Exit Art, New York, NY
2001 “Location: Real and Unreal”, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
1998 “Through the Lens: Time, Space and Matter”, The Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY
1994 “Photography Now: Facts and Fantasies”, The Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY
1994 “New York, New York: Its Architecture and Lifestyles”, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY, Andrew Stasik, Curator
1993 “Focus On Diversity: 6 Westchester Photographers”, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Pelham, NY
1991 “Passages of Time”, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
1989 “Hudson River Open 89”, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1989 “Selected Themes: 150 Years of Photography”, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
1989 “Fine Art”, Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
1988 “Remains To Be Seen”, Knitting Factory, New York, NY
2001 “Fields of Dreams”, Wallace Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1994 “A Closer Walk With Me”, Glen Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1990 Palisades Gallery, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1988 “Photographic Frescos”, Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY
2013 “Sex and Sexuality”, The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY
2012 “Sukkoth Panel”, The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
2014 Cover of: Judaica Librarianship, Vol. 18, June 2014
2013 “An Artists’ Beit Midrash”, CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Winter 2013
2004 Rye 24/7, Rye, NY
1982 Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2008 Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY