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May 13 through June 19, 1998


Jessica Fredericks Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of collages by THOMAS TROSCH. Mr. Trosch’s paintings have been exhibited widely in the United States. He has had several solo exhibitions at Jose Freire Fine Art, NY and Ruth Bloom Gallery, LA. His last solo show was at this gallery in May 1996. Most recently, his work was featured in a three-person exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, LA.


In the past, THOMAS TROSCH  has made large, theatrical oil paintings of bug-eyed society women at play (cocktail parties, pool parties, shopping sprees etc.). His figures occupy a world of object d’art and haute couture. They spout speech bubbles with text appropriated from manuals for the de rigueur upper-class life-style (an English phrase book for the wealthy Japanese businessman, a posh decorating book written by Dorothy Rodgers, or lyrics from musical comedies). And though obliquely-rendered, these smartly dressed ladies always have enough grace to desolve into a gorgeous passage of painterly excess.


For the last eighteen months, Mr.Trosch has put painting aside to concentrate on the medium of collage. The elements of these pieces include cut-outs from his uncle’s collection of  Flair magazines from the 1950’s, Town & Country  and Vogue from the same decade, buttons from his button book, as well as beads, stamps, postcards, porcelain, towels, fabric, yarn, sewing appliqués, handkerchiefs, shells, sand, album covers, pages of music, and drawings. The titles Making Spring and Summer Dresses, Skyscraper Kimono, Mexican Hayride, Embarkation for St. Helena, etc. depict an upper-class world of travel and leisure.  Turning to the detritus from this world, the artist has made witty compositions that are part storyboard for an imaginary show stopping musical number, part lush abstraction, and part pattern-making for a fabulous fabric of whimsy and delight..


Jessica Fredericks Gallery is located at 504 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For further information and/or photographs please contact the gallery by telephone at (212) 633-6555 or fax at (212) 367-9502.