THOMASTON, Maine — Haynes Galleries presents Linden Frederick’s scenes of small-town America. Frederick’s works are tinged with nostalgia, but at the same time, there’s a touch of apprehension — something just out of view that makes his work that much more riveting. The show is on view from June 28 to July 27 at Haynes Galleries’ East Gallery in Thomaston, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 28.
Frederick is a master of the untold story — and there’s always a whiff of intrigue between the lines. The mystery lies in what just happened, what’s about to happen, or better yet, what might have been. This is life lived behind closed doors and drawn shades. Life after hours. Life off-season.
Like the best novelists, Frederick’s greatest strength is his restraint. What’s unsaid — or unseen — allows the viewer to become an active participant in the work.
“My paintings intentionally don’t include a figure — then it becomes about that person,” Frederick says. “I really like the viewer to be part of the picture, to feel like they are participating … like they were there.”
When viewers step into one of Frederick’s narratives, their own stories become one with the artist’s. Is it fiction? Is it memoir? The answer lies within.