Haynes Galleries presents
“Linden Frederick: Untold Stories” in the Roundabout East Gallery
April 12 to May 18, 2013
Reception: Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 12, 2013

NASHVILLE — 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 April 12 to May 18 at Haynes Galleries’ East Gallery in Nashville, with an opening reception from 6 to 8pm on April 12. Afterward, the show travels to the galleries’ Thomaston, Maine location from June 28 to July 30.

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.

As one reviewer wrote, “His vision is just creepy enough to add the right amount of narrative tension. Nothing is missing from the scene per se, but there is just enough electricity to hold you in a state of liminal excitement. Rather than a movie still, it's more like a scene from a gripping novel.”

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.